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social media:
what parents need to know



Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social. 



Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.



Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

 


With over 14 million daily users, Discord is one of the most popular communication tools for gamers but should you be concerned? This article provides parents with all, that they need to know.  

 

 

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?

 

Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team are taking part in Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign by offering free online safety (Extremism) and Prevent sessions. Parents/carers and adult members of the community can join the free online session on 19 October and 21 October and receive tips and advice 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 provide key information on popular apps and social media, as well as links for further advice and support. If you need help to get onto Microsoft Teams, please email prevent_inbox@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07717 427057.

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

The session times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 19 October 2021 - 5.30pm - 6.15pm
  • Thursday 21 October 2021 - 5.30pm - 6.15pm


For more information and to join at one of the times above, please visit  
https://bit.ly/sandwellprevent