Checklists, guidance to help you stay safe online can be found below, as well as links to online safety agencies that can be contacted if you want to raise an online concern.
Childnet developed a set of SMART rules which contain information to help keep you, your friends and family safe online. These can be found here
Zoom has seen an increase in daily usage of 535% during April 2020. With a large number of our clubs using this platform, and the possibility of 'zoom bombing' if privacy settings haven't been put in place, Scottish Gymnastics has developed guidance to help keep you safe when using this networking platform. Further information on how to use and stay safe can be found on the Zoom website.
Facebook has launched a new group video chat feature called Messenger Rooms. Up to 50 people can join a video chat. You can put in place privacy settings like visibility settings and ‘locking rooms’. Here is more information and top tips on how to stay safe on Messenger Rooms.
Please remember to update your social media apps and become familiar with privacy and security settings to stay safe online.
Online Safety Agencies
- Thinkuknow is the main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
- Childnet is an international, non-profit organisation working with others to make the internet a safe and great place providing top tips, internet safety information and resources to children, young people and parents www.childnet.com
- Internet Matters is a not for profit organisation that empowers parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world https://www.internetmatters.org/
- Net Aware is a partnership between the NSPCC and the O2, brining child protection expertise and tech know-how together to provide information to help keep you and your children safe online www.net-aware.org.uk
- Ineqe Safeguarding is an independent safeguarding organisation in the UK and Ireland that provide services to help make people safer online. Ineqe have also developed tips on how to stay safe on networking platforms like Zoom and House Party https://ineqe.com/safeguarding-hub/
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a law enforcement agency dedicated to keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Concerns about inappropriate online communication between a child and an adult can be reported directly to CEOP. https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/How-can-CEOP-help-me-YP/
- Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images, other obscene material or material which incites racial hatred, you can report it to the IWF https://www.iwf.org.uk/