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Online safety advice

More and more pre-schoolers are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. There are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely.

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Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022
This report from Ofcom looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17 to better inform their online safety.
This report from Ofcom looks at media ...
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Gaps in practice around the online lives of vulnerable children
Vulnerable children tend to have a team of services that interact with them. A research study aimed to explore how professionals around the child acknowledge and incorporate digital life into their practice.
Vulnerable children tend to have a team ...
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Changing Conversations report
Changing conversations explores the current approach to online risks faced by vulnerable children and how regulators, professionals and parents/carers can change these practises to better support these children.
Changing conversations explores the current approach to ...
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Online Safety Bill: what parents and carers can expect
Carolyn Bunting, CEO at Internet Matters, give parents insights on how the UK Online Safety Bill will impact children online.
Carolyn Bunting, CEO at Internet Matters, give ...
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Principles for social work in children’s social care
Supporting young people’s online safety and experiences: nine principles to help social workers and other social work professionals support foster carers and care experienced children in understanding how to safely benefit from being online.
Supporting young people’s online safety and experiences: ...
Apps & Platforms
What is the Wordle game?
The simple word game has quickly risen to popularity among teens and young adults. While Wordle’s concept is harmless enough, there are some things that parents should be aware of.
The simple word game has quickly risen ...
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Play Together/Play Smart Campaign encourages more and more parents to set up parental controls
A campaign by Electronic Arts and Internet Matters has successfully encouraged parents to get more involved in video gaming and understand the simple steps they can take to feel confident their children are gaming safely and responsibly.
A campaign by Electronic Arts and Internet ...
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Children’s Wellbeing in a Digital World — Index Report 2022
The report is the culmination of a year-long project developed with the University of Leicester and Revealing Reality on the impact of digital use on children and young people in the UK.
The report is the culmination of a ...
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