Swiggle.org.uk is a friendly search engine aimed at children in Key Stage 2. It has been designed and developed by South-west Grid for Learning, a charity dedicated to empowering the safe and secure use of technology.
Swiggle.org.uk gives children a great start in encouraging responsible online searching. The internet is a vast resource, and some content is not appropriate for children, SWGfL recommends adding Swiggle to your browser or put the Screen Cover link on your bookmark bar.
Swiggle is powered by Google Custom Search, the results are filtered using Google SafeSearch, and SWGfL has configured the results to prioritise educational resources. Swiggle also filters the search terms to check that it is not being used to search for inappropriate content.
The Swiggle search page is here: https://swiggle.org.uk/
A great article to link from your school website or via your social media channels. ThinkUKnow (CEOP) have written a pretty comprehensive article for parents and carers regarding gaming including chatting, risks, tips etc. You can view the full article here:
The Children's Society, along with many other organisations, are working to disrupt the activity of criminal gangs and keep young people safer. They work with the police to stop county lines activity and recognise the young people that have been exploited by criminal gangs as victims, not criminals.
The Children's Society has developed resources for parents and professionals if they are worried a young person is involved in county lines.
Criminal exploitation: A guide for parents
This parents' guide can be downloaded here: https://www.childrenssociety.
- "You can always come to me if you need help."
- "What would you do if this happened…?"
- "Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online."
- "Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too."
- "Be respectful to others online."
- "Think before you post."
- "Remember to ask if it’s okay."
- "Remember not everything is true online."
- "The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like."
- "Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to."
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/
Live streaming - it's an increasing concern and I'm hearing it from schools all over the country. We have got to be talking more about this in school (which I know we all are) but equally (if not more) importantly we need to get the message out to parents/carers. You may find the following link useful:
YouTube - a parents decision guide
Common Sense Media have put together a handle little guide that would be useful to parents called 'Parents'Decision Guide to YouTube for Young Kids'.