Tuesday 8th February 2022 marks Safer Internet Day – a day that calls upon us all to join together and make the internet a safer and better place for everyone, especially children and young people.
The internet is a great way for children and young people to stay in touch with friends, discover hobbies and interests, and - while schools moved online due to the pandemic – to learn and be educated. But online platforms can also bring risks. And with more children and young people online now more than ever, it’s important to talk to children about staying safe online and the apps and sites they’re using. That’s why we proudly support the NSPCC, to protect children’s futures one step at a time.
The NSPCC has a range of guidance and support on topics such as online games, parental controls and sexting, as well as guidance on how to start conversations about online safety with children. Speaking to children about online dangers certainly doesn’t come without difficulty, but the NSPCC is here to make it easier for parents and carers to do so in simple, effective and age-appropriate ways.
This Safer Internet Day, we are pleased to be highlighting five NSPCC resources designed to support parents and carers in keeping children and young people safe online:
1. Use the NSPCC’s GAME acronym to get started with teaching children about online safety.
2. Get to grips with social media platforms and how to mitigate their risks of online abuse and grooming, by reading the NSPCC’s detailed guide.
3. Access the NSPCC’s resources created in partnership with Ambitious about Autism for teaching children with Special Educational Needs or Difficulties (SEND) about online safety.
4. Introduce your child to Childline’s Coping Kit – full of activities and tools for children and young people to use when they might be feeling low or overwhelmed.
5. If something does happen, be confident in knowing how and where you can report your concerns of online abuse.
And that’s only five of the many resources developed by the NSPCC – you can access the full bank by visiting the NSPCC website.
We all have a responsibility to keep children safe on and offline all year-round, which is why we were so pleased to have announced our partnership with the leading children’s charity to mark Start-Rite’s 230th birthday this year. Our celebrations include our soon-to-be launched exclusive shoe styles in aid of the NSPCC and donating 230 pairs of shoes via the NSPCC’s local services.