Staying Safe Online (including Online Gaming) - resources for you!

A collection of links and resource for young people, corporate parents and everyone involved in providing support for Care Experienced Young People. 


Staying safe online has never been more important as children from as young as 5 years old have social network profiles.  We as their adults and carers play a pivotal and extremely important role to keep all children safe, from an outside world that can invade a very safe and secure environment.

Staying safe online do's and don't's can be daunting and confusing. Let's pull all the links together in one location to make it easier and quicker for people to find the correct support and advice in keeping young people safe online.

The internet is also an amazing place to be creative, chat with friends and find interesting fun stuff. You may spend a lot of time online, so it’s important to make the most of it and enjoy it whilst also being safe, sensible and respectful to others too. 

The care and safety of all young people is paramount.  

Where to go for more advice

Below are some very useful website/support groups to help give you the very best advice, support and staying safe through the mine field of Social Media for young people.

Police Scotland and CEOP

Click HERE keep safe, keep secure-online. Police Scotland. How can I keep my child safe online? click HERE CEOP

Scottish Goverment. Keeping children safe online. We are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Scotland's children and young people, including when they are using the internet. So while we want young people to enjoy the internet and all the educational and social benefits it offers, we aim to ensure that they know how to stay in control and what to do if they feel at risk. Click HERE 

Safety NET Kids

Safety Net Kids Click HERE  We call ourselves that because we have all been involved with Safety Net at looking at things that make us feel unsafe and working on them ourselves. To be safe means to be comfy and not scared.  We do things like standing up to bullies without being mean, listening to our bodies as they are clever at spotting danger and thinking about things we can do to make the areas where we live safer.

Staying Safe Online

Staying safe online Click HERE There are lots of fun and interesting things you can do on the internet. And it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But it’s important to understand how to stay safe online.

Parenting across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland Click HERE The internet has a lot to offer us all and most parents think the benefits of letting their children online outweigh the risks. As well as offering tips on preventing problems, we look at some of the main issues that concern parents, and where to get help and advice. 

NSPCC

NSPCC It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe. Click HERE 

If you're worried about something a child or young person may have experienced online, you can contact the NSPCC helpline for free support and advice. Call them on 0808 800 5000 or contact online. Children can contact Childline any time to get support themselves.

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre. Where you can find online safety tips advice and rescources to help children and youn people stay safe online. Click HERE  

Project dates

18 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2022

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Young people and achievements, Staying safe online

Contact

(for further information)

Emma Allen
Virtual Head Teacher (Care Experienced Young People)
01467 535395
virtual.school@ aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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There are lots of fun things you can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick you into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about yourself or something you've shared might be used to bully or frighten you.

Follow these TOP TIPS for using the internet safely and positively.  Take the full post.

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Follow these TOP TIPS for using the internet safely and positively.  Take the full post.


TOP TIP 1

KEEP YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS SAFE 

Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.

TOP TIP 2

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU MEET ONLINE 

Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/videos of you then tell an adult straight away.

Then report them together at www.thinkuknow.co.uk or contact Police Scotland www.scotland.police.uk. Call 101 for advice and support (or call 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger).

TOP TIP 3

THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCEPTING THINGS ONLINE 

Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.

TOP TIP 4

MAKE SURE IT'S RELIABLE

You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.

TOP TIP 5

TALK TO A TRUSTED ADULT

Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or confused. This could be if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you like your teachers, parents, carers.

Or contact Childline on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk

TOP TIP 6

BE KIND AND RESPECTFUL TO OTHERS

Remember to always be kind and respectful to others online. Make the internet a better place by helping your friends if they are worried or upset by anything that happens online.

Thank you for listening and we hope it hels.  

This guidance produced with the help of Police Scotland Safer Communities Cybercrime Prevention Unit.

email:  SCDCyberPreventionEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

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Top Tips for ensuring young people are safe Online - For Parents and Carers

There are lots of fun things young people can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick them into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about them. They can also be bullied or frightened online.

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There are lots of fun things young people can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick them into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about them. They can also be bullied or frightened online.

Follow these TOP TIPS for helping them use the internet safely. Take the post. 


TOP TIP 1.

ESTABLISH SOME HOUSE RULES & GUIDELINES

This can include setting limits to screen time, the type of content a child accesses online through their mobiles and other devices or the appropriate tone of language to use online.

TOP TIP 2.

ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO ONLINE IN COMMUNAL SPACES

This will help put your mind at ease about what they are doing, and they’ll know they can come to you if they are confused, frightened or concerned.

TOP TIP 3

HAVE AN OPEN AND ONGOING DIALOGUE

Encourage and maintain an open and ongoing dialogue with them: talk about mobile use and experiences online. Maintain an open conversation.

TOP TIP 4

ENCOURAGE THEM TO THINK BEFORE CLICKING

Whether they’re looking at online video sites, receiving an unknown link in an email or even browsing the web, remind your child not to click on links which may take them to dangerous or inappropriate sites.

TOP TIP 5

LOOK OUT FOR HARMFUL CONTENT

From websites to apps, games and online communities, young people have access to a lot of content that can affect them both positively and negatively.

TOP TIP 6

DISCUSS THE RISKS OF POSTING AND SHARING PRIVATE INFORMATION

Encourage them to think about the videos, photographs and information they share through mobiles, especially on social media.

TOP TIP 7

USE PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE

Check with your internet service provider if they provide parental control software, which can help you create a safe online experience by managing restricted sites access, browsing history preview and setting limits screen time.

email:  SCDCyberPreventionEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

 

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Stay safe online and avoid financial fraud

Here's some great advice from PC Mike Urquhart about online safety and avoiding financial fraud. 

More advice can be found at:

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Here's some great advice from PC Mike Urquhart about online safety and avoiding financial fraud. 

More advice can be found at:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/information-for/individuals-families

 


Whether you’re a parent, step-parent, auntie, uncle or guardian PC Mike Urquhart looks at why it’s important to speak about online safety and financial fraud with children and young people.   

It’s important to speak openly and honestly about online safety from an early age. As soon as your child starts using the internet, take an interest in what they’re doing so you can be there to support them.

Understanding social media

The more you know about the social networking sites children are using and what information they like to share, the more likely you’ll be to keep them safe.

When your child joins a social networking site help them to create their profile. Teach your child not to share any personal or banking details – this includes passwords, real name, address and school. Explain that friends should be people they know and that people they meet online may not be who they say they are.

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Fraudsters can take advantage of children as they’re gaining independence and reaching an age where they’d like to have their own bank account.

Phishing

Phishing is when someone tries to get hold of your personal information by sending an email containing a link to a bogus website.

Talk to your child about only clicking on links or opening attachments if they know who they’re from. Make sure the anti-virus software is up to date on your child’s device and if they receive a suspicious email from their bank let the bank know. Banks will never ask you to transfer money to another account.

Vishing

Vishing is when Fraudsters call you on the telephone, impersonating someone from your bank, police, a utility or service provider. They trick you into divulging personal financial information which they then use to gain access to your bank account.

Smishing

Alternatively, fraudsters may contact you by text message – this is known as smishing. You may be sent a text containing a bogus link, or be asked to reply with personal information to a fraudulent number, so make sure your child knows not to respond.

Online shopping scams

If your child has a bank account it’s likely they’ll have a debit card. Fraudsters will often advertise fake products or a bogus service, take your child’s money, but never deliver what was paid for.

Talk to your child about shopping safely online. Advise them to do someresearch before sending money to a private seller or even a legitimate-looking brand. Remind them never to follow links in unexpected emails and to check the spelling in the URL to make sure it’s legitimate.

Free public WiFi

Free public WiFi can be exploited by criminals to intercept your child’s data.

Talk to your child about avoiding making financial transactions and never send personal data to websites while using public WiFi. When using public Wi-Fi fraudsters may intercept anything you’re doing online. They could capture passwords for any account you’re signed into and read your private emails.

Further advice can be found at:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/information-for/individuals-families

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