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Do you know your Fortnite from your TikTok?
Is your child's location visable to other users when they use their phone or device?
If your child used a secret app to "hide" photos, could you find them?
Do you know who is talking to your child in the game they are playing?
What on earth does the school teach my child to try to keep them save online? What can I do as a parent?
Do you feel pressured into letting your child access games and apps you'd rather they didn't?
Was life a bit easier when they were happy with CBeebies but now it's all a bit more scary?

Being a digital parent can feel like hard work - but we are on the same side. We all want our children to thrive online whilst also being kept safe from the dangerous side of the web. Blocking, restrictions and family settings all play a part, but we also need to be prepared for our children to learn the skills required to be able to survive knowing the correct behaviours when we're not there to supervise their very click, tap or swipe online. It's a long journey to that independence but small little steps can't be taken too early.  

We always aim to be helpful, realistic and informative to equip parents to nurture resilience and responsibility in their children's online lives.  

Our Online Safety Lead, Mr Wilkinson, led a parent safety meeting in the summer term of 2021 explaining what we cover in the Westfield E-safety curriculum and provided some great advice on how to help guide your child through the digital world they are growing up in. The recording of this meeting is still available. When you've got a free evening and the kids are in bed, grab a cuppa and watch a recording of the whole meeting below. It is long, but it is worth it - possibly some of the best time you can spend to understand a bit more about how to keep your child safe online. 

WATCH A FULL RECORDING OF THE ENTIRE PARENT MEETING HERE using the password staysafe34! to access the video.

Some of the parental feedback from the meeting 

"Thank you so much. Don't apologise for taking so long, It was all worth it."

"It's great to see what the school teach - I am really impressed."

"I have learned a lot"

Feeback is always welcome as we constrantly try to improve our support to parents.

Important update to the meeting:
As the meeting is from May 2021, Mr Wilkinson refers to the "three C's" of keeping safe online - content, contact and conduct. Since September 2021, this has now become the 4 C's as Commerce is now included. However Mr Wilkinson was already on this and in the meeting recording you'll find a section called Financial Responsibility near the end of the meeting that more than covers everything the fourth C now refers to. Always good to know we're ahead of the latest advice!  

Some links to some of the main resources mentioned in the video


ParentZone: Down to earth support for parents and families online Home | Parent Zone

NSPCC's Netaware no longer exists but internetmatters.org provides very similar advice and resources.

CEOP's Thinkuknow website for parents, carers, teachers and children Thinkuknow - home (the PlayLikeShare resource is on the 8-10 section)

Setting up Microsoft Family (for Windows devices) Microsoft Family Safety

Google Family Link (for Android and Chromebooks) Google Family Link - Home

Apple Family Sharing (for iOS devices) Family Sharing - Apple (UK)

Changing your router password (examples for Sky, BT and Virgin) How to change your wireless router password – Which Computing Helpdesk (consult your router user guide or ISP for specific information)

BBC Own It Own It - A place to help you boss your life online - Own It - BBC

Childnet Parent and Carer Resource Kit Parent and Carer Toolkit - Childnet

UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/



If you are a twitter user you may wish to follow @wjseasfety for information on up to date resources and advice for parents or you can visit the feed online Westfield Junior E-safety (@WJSesafety) / Twitter