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Social Media Simplified

Simplified Social Media Terms and Conditions for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp

Children often don’t know what they’re signing up to when they join Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp or Instagram. That’s why the Children’s Commissioner have worked with lawyers to create simplified versions of Terms and Conditions for the most popular social media platforms.

Young & eSafe

A wonderful new resource from the office of the Australian e-Safety Commissioner that can be used by schools and parents.

Screen Time boundaries

Top Tips

1. Use digital devices together: Get involved in your child’s online activities. Have fun, play games and learn together online, just as you would in the physical world. It will then be natural for your child to turn to you if they experience anything upsetting online.

2. Set clear expectations: Clear family rules can help your child have a positive start to their digital life and get the most out of being online. Ask your child to help create some family rules.

3. Be informed: Many digital devices, services and content providers offer a range of parental controls. You can choose the type of content and options that are suitable for your child.

4. Establish good habits early on: Both adults and children enjoy sharing moments with family and friends through online images and videos. Starting conversations and good habits early on is a great way to support children in staying safe online.

Information and support

Thinkuknow: NCA CEOPs advice on online safety

Disrespectnobody: Home Office advice on healthy relationships, including sexting and pornography

UK safer internet centre: Contains a specialist helpline for UK schools and colleges

SWGFL: Includes a template for setting out online safety policies

Internet Matters: Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online

Parentzone: Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online

Childnet Cyberbullying: Guidance for schools on cyberbullying

PSHE Association: Guidance and useful teaching resources covering online safety issues including pornography and the sharing of sexual images

Educateagainsthate: Practical advice for parents, teachers and governors on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

The use of social media for online radicalisation: A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq

UKCCIS: The UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s website provides:

  • Sexting advice
  • Online safety: Questions for Governing Bodies
  • Education for a connected world framework

Net-Aware: NSPCC advice for parents

Commonsense Media: Independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents

Searching screening and confiscation: Guidance to schools on searching children in schools and confiscating items such as mobile phones

LGFL: Advice and resources from the London Grid

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