Share Aware Campaign
To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online.
Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We're aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids' online world, just like they would about their day at school.
We tell children that’s it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.
- Our new TV ad– Safety advice from a 10 year old.
- Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
- Mumsnet partnership– Join our Twitter Q&A at 12.30pm on 16th May using #ShareAware, alongside a Mumsnet Facebook live.
- Family agreements– We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
- Share Aware homepage- Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
- Net Aware- Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use.New sites site such asMusical.ly, Kiwi and Pokemon Gohave been added this year, along with a breaking news pageand top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOSand Android.
- Teaching resources– Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom.
- Specialised advice- Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.
E Safety Tips for Parents
Please follow the links below for lots of great information on a wide range of online safety topics from the Parent Zone.
- Be involved in your child’s online life. For many of today’s young people there is no line between the online and offline worlds. Young people use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing, if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support.
- Encourage your child to control their online footprint. Talk to your child to see if they know how to set their Facebook and Twitter privacy settings Twitter Privacy Guide. Ask them to explain the settings for any other social media that they use.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to continue to discuss boundaries so that they evolve as your child’s use of technology does.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Your child will use all sorts of devices and gadgets; make sure you’re aware of which ones can connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection or a neighbour’s Wifi? This will affect whether your safety settings are being applied.
- Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly.
- Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are. Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
- Know what to do if something goes wrong. Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Therefore, it is important to know when and how to report any problem. Click here to learn about tools to help you keep your child safe?
- Report abuse.Has someone acted inappropriately towards a child online? If a child you know has experienced sexual or offensive chat that has made them feel uncomfortable or someone is trying to meet up with them, you can report this directly to CEOP. This may have happened in a chat room, message board, instant messenger or on a social networking site. It could be on a mobile phone, games console or computer. It could be messages, images or conversations over webcam. The important thing is that if you know that an adult is making sexual advances to children on the internet you should report it. Click the button below to make a report.
The Parents’ Guide to the Internet
A great film from CEOP with some excellent advice about how your child is using the web, bullying, videos & images on Facebook and how to have tricky conversations.
Videos to watch with your child.
‘Consequences’is a film for 11 to 16 year olds which addresses many issues that young people face online.
This 10 minute film is about a girl called Jade, who uses her social networking site to post personal information and images.
Jade finds herself in a situation where photos are copied from her site by a man called Justin. Justin demonstrates an offender behaviour we see at CEOP and blackmails Jade into producing new a more risky content for ‘his eyes only’!
Young people will learn about the type of information they should and shouldn’t be sharing online and that if they find themselves in a tricky situation; it is never too late to report.
‘Exposed’ is a 10 minute drama about a 15 year old girl called Dee. Dee makes a common mistake of many teens and sends indecent photos of herself to her boyfriend Si. Without thinking of the consequences, Si sends the photos to a friend and very quickly the images become public.
As we watch, a distressed Dee is helped through the situation by her alter-ego. Together they come to terms with the consequences of her actions and learn where to go for help and advice.
The film is available for young people, parents and teachers to watch online. It is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds although in practice teachers, trainers and parents may feel the film is suitable for those outside of this range.
Matt thought he knew