You’re right to be very concerned about whether your child will be safe in the world of social media, online gaming and instant “information” (which may be just wrong but could even be dangerous). You can make a big difference. You don’t have to be an expert in technology. You do need to start learning about online safety, and to keep going.
How does it help? Once you begin to understand the words and the technology, you also begin learning faster. Technical programmes and news stories will start to make sense, and when you ask your child to explain something to you, perhaps you'll understand the answer! There's some basic advice here
It's Good to Talk
We surely want to start a conversation with our children When they accidentally view something that's nasty or wrong for their age group, we want to be the ones they turn to. Technical fixes like parental controls may help but they're not the whole answer. In the end our children will be be safe and happy because they know for themselves what’s good online and what to avoid.
We’re building a list of tech words here to help you get started learning. We also list (but don’t recommend) E-Safety web sites in the For Teachers section, which you might want to take a look at.
To understand tech you have to get your hands dirty, not just look at a web site or listen to a lecture. That’s why our main work is helping the West London community face-to-face. This website will evolve to support that work.
If you think GoSafer.Online CIC could help in your community, particularly if you have your own funding or can direct us towards project grants, please do get in touch.