Digital Safety During COVID-19

Safeguarding from Harmful Influences Online


What steps can I take to keep my child safe online?

-        The UK Safer Internet Centre provides guidance on how to do this.

-        Internet Matters has also provided step by step guides on how to setup parental controls.


What are the signs that my child may be being exploited online?

-        Exploring new and unusual websites, chat forums and platforms. Harmful influences may push individuals towards platforms with a greater degree of anonymity.

-        Joining new or secret groups since isolation.

-        Speaking with new friends or being secretive about chats during online gaming or in forums.

-        A strong desire to seek new meaning, identity and purpose.

-        Using language you wouldn’t expect them to know.

-        Watching, sharing or creating films online linked to religious, political or racial hate.

-        Becoming increasingly argumentative or refusing to listen to different points of view.


Should I be concerned that a loved one is being exploited online?

-        Listen carefully to their fears and worries. Find some helpful tips here.

-        Avoid explanations that could be interpreted as antagonistic, belittling or frightening.

-        Advice and support is available to help them understand COVID-19.

-        If they are finding it hard to cope with bereavement and grief - advice can be found here.


What help is available if my child is being exploited online?


How can I access support and advice for a loved one being radicalised?


I have seen concerning hateful content online that could cause harm. What should I do?


Further resources

There are resources available to help you understand and protect your child from different harms online.


Local Contacts and Information


Contact Details

Jesmond Park Academy
Jesmond Park West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: +44(0)191 2818486
Fax: +44(0)191 2810381

Use postcode NE7 7HN, the main entrance is on Newton Road

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