Online Safety

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Download the Wandsworth Carers Centre Workshops Poster

The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices (ICO)

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child's play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and it is well-worth sharing it with parents.

Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child’s connected toys (Which?)

Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.

Brand new resource - Risky Online Spaces handout for parents

This handout complements the online parenting course, Parenting in the Digital Age, but also makes a great standalone resource, helping parents understand the functionality that makes some online spaces more risky than others for children and young people.  You can read and download it here.

If there's a particular app or website that you're concerned about, please let us know and we'll create a simple guide with messaging for teachers, pupils and staff.  Email with your suggestions.


Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here:

Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)

Parents can also contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002

Guide for parents on protecting the privacy of their child online. -

Supporting school children after terrorist incidents 

Understanding extremism: a new handout for parents in wake of the recent spate of terrorist attacks across the nation. 


Download the Conversation Starters for Parents and Carer flyer

Download the Information and online resources 

Download the Safer Internet Day 2017 - Poster for 7-11 year olds

Courses and resources for parents and carers, or further information can be found by clicking on the parent zone magazine link

The College of Policing have released a briefing note to advise police forces on the handling and investigation of sexting incidents and the use of Outcome 21


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Preparing for Safer Internet Day – this month’s briefing helps you engage with the opportunities that SID17 brings.

Safer Internet Day poster – an editable poster to promote your activity on the day. 


Google Expeditions blog – latest news on how a secondary school used the programme to explore virtual career options with pupils.  There’s a link to registering for the programme at the end of the article.


Alternative to Instagram for under 13s – read our review of PopJam and find out what makes it one of our Family Champions.

Money for nothing – how the internet has changed the face of the traditional British Christmas.
Sophie Linington
Deputy CEO | Parent Zone
T: 020 7704 0415