KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ON LINE

Undoubtedly there will be many families where their normal ‘rules’ regarding children’s screen time will have been relaxed  or potentially gone completely out of the window as you wrestle with keeping them occupied. Amidst the wealth of amazing facts and experiences, however, there will still be some people using the situation for illegal and unsavoury activities.  There is a host of Internet Safety material available and two particularly useful sites/documents are:

Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP. Thinkuknow aims to empowers children and young people aged 4-18 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support. They have created a package for children and their families over the coming weeks and months. www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The NSPCC have a whole host of really useful videos, very brief, often only a couple of minutes, regarding various areas of child safeguarding issues. www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety 

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk///media/32957798/keeping-children-safe-online-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.pdf

THE SILVER LINE – FREE CONFIDENTIAL HELPLINE

The Silver Line is a  free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, they have now joined forces with Age UK. Together they are available 24 hrs a day. Some, including those who have taken up the mantle to provide additional support may wish to have someone  speak to, someone not connected with their parish. This may be a valuable resource. www.thesilverline.org.uk

PHONE SUPPORT FOR GETTING ON-LINE

The Libraries Team have set up phone support for people with problems getting online, accessing digital info etc.  Please note – they don’t cover technical issues with computer equipment.
 
We know that many residents are having difficulties getting to grips with online shopping, so they may find this useful.

Sessions can be arranged by contacting 01934 426834 or e-mail

Many thanks and best wishes
Jane Goodison
North Somerset Together – Development and Environment – North Somerset Council

Email:
Web: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together