Thinkuknow provides a full website for parents and carers, supporting them in understanding and responding to the risks their children may face as they grow. The site covers a broad range of issues from online safety and sexting, to what to do if you think your child is being groomed online. www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Parent Info is a free service that schools can host on their own websites, offering up-to-date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns for children and adolescents – from how much sleep teenagers need, to sex, relationships and radicalisation: any issue where the hazards are amplified by the internet. Parent Info is easy to use, calling for no special technical skill, and schools can take all of the articles and videos for their websites, or choose what suits them. Teachers can use the content in a variety of ways: on their home pages, to explain the PSHE curriculum, as a pointer to policies or a guide to parents when issues arise. There’s also a specially-curated feed for primary schools, with information on topics specifically of interest to parents of younger children.
A collaboration between Parent Zone, the parenting experts who specialise in the internet, and CEOP, the child protection command of the National Crime Agency, Parent Info comes from two organisations with great expertise in dealing with young people’s digital lives. Schools can sign up for this free service at www.parentinfo.org.