Guidance for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and keeping children safe online
The Children’s Commissioner is today launching a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
“The things I wish my parents had known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content, including pornography.
The Commissioner’s office began a programme of work focussing on peer-on-peer abuse following the avalanche of testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited website, which laid bare an epidemic of sexual violence among teens. This was picked up in Ofsted’s June 2021 review of sexual harassment in schools and colleges.
A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.
Announcement From Children Services RE: Squid Game
I would like to take this opportunity to advise you to be vigilant after hearing reports that children and young people are copying games and violence from hit new Netflix series Squid Game, which is rated 15.
For your information, Squid Game is a Korean drama series on Netflix that has become one of the most popular topics on the internet for its unique plot. The show mimics children’s games however it ends with participants being violently killed if they lose.
There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people ‘playing’ Squid Game whilst at school. Squid Game is also being viewed via other platforms such as YouTube and Tik-Tok, and given the popularity of the games in the show, developers have made various mini-games based on Squid Game on Roblox and other gaming platforms.
We strongly advise that children should not watch squid game, the show is quite graphic with a lot of violent content.
Please also see some information on setting parental settings on Netflix –https://oursafetycentre.co.uk/stream-safe-netflix
Read this blog: https://oursaferschools.co.uk/2021/10/08/squid-game/
There have been multiple online challenges appearing following the SQUID GAME show release and signpost to a resource for parents that should help them address the issues of these viral challenges with their children: https://ineqe.com/2021/08/04/online-viral-challenges/?utm_content=182459278&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-939101937588371456
Please continue to be vigilant about what your child(ren) is/are accessing and make sure the content is appropriate. Parental controls are available on apps/websites and can help keep children safe.
For further guidance and support to help you to keep your child safe on-line please look at the following websites: