Help keep children safe online with free safety sessions for parents

23/11/2020
Help keep children safe online with free safety sessions for parents

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?Join Sandwell Council’s free online safety sessions on 25 and 26 November and receive tips and support to keep young people safe online.


Top tips include:

  • Turn on filters/parent control settings

  • Set accounts on private and report any issues through the apps

  • Be ‘share aware’

  • Keep up to date with online safety – the online world changes quickly

  • Know where to access further support


Parents are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool, but can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information.

The sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and will give key information on popular apps and social media, as well as tips, advice and links to keep your child safe online.


The Council’s Prevent team, which works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, will also be raising awareness of what Prevent is and how to report concerns.


The sessions are as follows:

Wednesday 25 November, 5.30pm-6.15pm

Thursday 26 November 9.30am-10.15am

Thursday 26 November 6pm-6.45pm


For more information visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/OnlineSafetyEvent


Sandwell Council Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton, said: “The internet is a great resource for young people.

“However, with social media and the internet becoming an increasing part of young people’s lives and a hub for interaction with peers, they may be vulnerable to being targeted by those who wish to harm them.

“By giving parents or carers the information about how to stay safe online we can stop the perpetrators in their tracks.”


For information on preventing extremism and terrorism, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/prevent


Go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk for home activity packs to promote online safety with children.


If you’re worried who your children are talking to online, the See Me Hear Me website www.seeme-hearme.org.uk offers help, advice and support.

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