With its high prodution values and “how to” guides, some of the articles can also make an interesting glossy basis for activities with children and young people as well as something for parents to pick up from the “coffee table”.
If you are a Google user, there are now some locally relevent staying safe and secure online resources, including some simple to-the- camera videos covering technical aspects such as choosing a safe password, keeping devices clear of viruses and not falling foul of phisher folk, that have some specifics to the Google platform.
The latest newsletter has a number of interesting articles about e-safety (p6 onwards), including making a schoool e-safe, training courses offered, carrying out self audits and technical guides available, including guidance on configuring Facebook.
There is lots of advice on the internet about the technical controls you should have in place to protect children and those that work with them on personal computers, but here are a few sites we would recommend
There are some introductary videos to the subject and information about Safe Searching from Google here
YHGFL have a section on their site about technical controls here
OfCom have a guide to parents on protecting children in a digital world here
Ruth Hammond gives her overview in BETT review 2011
For a site that gives advice on premium rate phone services, lesson plans competitions and even how to make your own ringtone go no further than
What DCSF have said about Phone Brain:
“PhoneBrain doesn’t dampen the excitement that young people naturally feel about new technologies such as mobile phones. But it also makes them aware of any potential pitfalls, so allowing them to use such technology safely and with confidence “
Iain Wright MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships 2009
You can also find videos on this subject on the Phonepay Plus site here
If you want an easy explanation of
- Social networking
- Secure websites
- Secure passwords
Or many other technical subjects you can find them on
If you have a large number of computers you may outgrow the technical controls recommened for home and small office use here
There are a number of commercial products that would help you manage your ICT systems from an e-safety point of view if you also have the staff to operate them effectively. These include (without any particular recommendation)
When implementing a filtering solution, keep in mind a preference for managing access to content rather than blocking where content is not inappropriate for the age. See
The definition, strategy and objectives set out by the KSCB for e-safety work should be kept in mind when designing any new service that involve the use of technology by children or those that care for them.
Operationally in meeting these objectives you are likely to want to include measures that fill out the PIES model
and you should consider sending staff on a KSCB half day training course where they can familiarise themselves with their roles as providers and moderators of content, mentors and protectors of contacts and exemplars and investigators of conduct.
OfCom have produced two leaflets aimed at parents about how to restrict content and services available and where to go for help. You can find them at
Note: some of the links on the back pages need updating. Our best guesses at what was intended if they have changed is:
The PEGI Good Gaming Guide also has a summary for parents
For advice on controling use of PCs see here