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Keeping Children Safe Online
As schools across Wales remain closed, the likelihood of children spending a considerable amount of time researching, gaming or communicating online will increase. The priority for all parents and teachers is to keep children safe online, prevent harm and safeguard at all times. People may choose to exploit the most vulnerable within our communities because they understand during these challenging times children will be online more than usual. Please consider the following when you or your child is online.
Children should;
Know who they are talking to 
Check if they can access material, play games 
Protect their online reputation 
Only open messages from sources they trust 
Do not give out personal information 
Do not share images, video of inappropriate material 
Speak to someone if they feel uncomfortable 
Understand not everything online is true
Block and report people who are trolling 
Do not give into pressure 
Think before they post
Keep safe online 

Parents should;
Monitor who their child is communicating with online 
Monitor the content and material accessed or downloaded 
Check content is appropriate 
Set boundaries and parental controls 
Discuss their online activity 
Manage / check privacy settings 
Know where to find help 
Reporting  concerns 
If you or someone you know comes across any terrorist or extremist material online this can be shared anonymously via the below link:
You can report material such as:
articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
videos of terrorist attack 
https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism

Concerns can be shared directly with South Wales Police via 999 in an emergency, 101 or to report crime via the online reporting tool:-
https://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/contact-us/do-it-online/

Parentzone
For the forthcoming financial year the Cardiff Prevent Team are working in partnership with Parentzone on online safety company. Parentzone have made their online resources free for all parents & carers for the next three months, they are available here:-
https://parentzone.org.uk/parents 

Information on popular apps
Please also find attached information on a number of popular apps that children & young people may be using during this period of enforced absence. This includes how individuals can keep themselves safe whilst using social media and the reporting process for any concerns you experience whilst using these apps.
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Other useful resources:
There are a number of other useful websites that can support parents & carers with online safety at this difficult time:

www.childnet.com
www.cyberaware.gov.uk/
www.getsafeonline.org 
www.nspcc.org.uk/
www.saferinternet.org.uk/ 

 

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