Parents – what are your children going to do on their devices during the summer holidays?

If you are joining us now on Facebook Live, see below for links to what we are looking at. If you weren’t with us, hopefully it will still be a useful reference guide. Obviously in the limited time it isn’t possible to cover everything.

There is more at parentsafe.lgfl.net (but that page is more for schools to use for sharing individual items rather than the whole page). Parents why not follow @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter or Facebook or subscribe to this blog.

This is the video we watched – what might your children plan to do but not tell you about? Don’t make the answer to punish them or take away devices though as they will be even less likely to tell you.

Here’s are some of the other resources we looked at:

Jessie and Friends (the funny feeling in your tummy video)

Parental controls and settings across all home wifi systems, mobile operators, games and social media sites from Internet Matters.

So our top tip is – don’t let your kids always play games with headphones. It might be annoying to hear, but it may be worth it, even if only now and again.

The survey we mentioned can be found at hopesandstreams.lgfl.net – that’s where the statistics on children wanting to talk more to their parents about online safety came from.

For all the apps we mentioned (NSPCC for apps, Pantosaurus, app finder, Internet Matters etc), head to apps.lgfl.net. And for the Parent v Kid quiz, go to https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/parents-vs-kids

You may want to read this from the BBC – BBC News – ‘My son spent £3,160 in one game’

Internet Matters parental control guides for all home wifi and mobile providers, plus games consoles and more: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Why not look at some of the videos you can find at fakenews.lgfl.net

For screen time and family agreement resources see screentime.lgfl.net

We will tidy up this blog a bit more later but meanwhile, if you need help during the holidays, you can always call the O2/NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5002 for free, Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm. –

If you’re worried about a police matter, call the police. And if it’s an adult approaching a child online, go to CEOP.

Chicken-shop grooming

‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’ is an expression many people know, but we have called this poster campaign “There’s no such thing as free chicken” to highlight the dangers of chicken-shop grooming.

You may have arrived at this page because you have seen the poster on the right and want to find out more. If you are a parent, carer or teacher, you may want to watch the excellent YouTube video below which explains the concept of chicken-shop grooming in the context of gangs – the same principles apply for sexual and criminal exploitation.

If you are a young person, you may want to watch this Barnado’s video too. Whereas the YouTube video below talks about criminal exploitation (tricking you into a gang), this one explains sexual exploitation (tricking you into sex).

The principles are the same though; it doesn’t need to be an expensive pair of trainers – if a cousin of a friend or a friend of a friend is buying you fast food or small gifts, they might just be nice… or they may expect you to return the ‘debt’ you don’t know you are building up. This can faster than you think, even if you think ‘it wouldn’t happen to me’.

If something has happened though, it’s not your fault. Talk to a teacher, a parent/carer, the police, Childline or The Mix. If someone is blackmailing you they will tell you there’s no way out, but there is.

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Since posting this blog, there has been media coverage of the story such as this newspaper article which may be of interest. It references written evidence submitted to the Youth Select Committee by The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales which you can read here. You may want to watch the ITV video in the tweet below for more information too.