Safer Internet organisiations are now beginning to realise that additional support may be needed for families where young people have additional learning needs or an autistic spectrum condition.
Think u Know have a really useful article with links and advice.
Mencap have also produced the document below to support parents and families in helping to keep young people with additional needs safe online:
Technology is developing at such a fast pace. Children use phones, gaming devices and computers so much of the time, both at home and (with restrictions) in the school setting too. Whilst these devices are amazing, they also bring a range of security and safety issues, which, as protective and caring adults we need to be aware of.
When our children start a new club or activity we ask where the club is, what our child will do there and with whom. We want to know they will be taking part in safe activities with trusted adults.
We need to ask the same questions every time our children use the internet, either on a tablet, a phone, a DS, a laptop or a gaming system like the Xbox. Ask your child…
1. Where do you go online? What sites do you visit? Are they age appropriate?
2. Who do you talk to or play with online?
3. What do you do online? Are they chatting, sharing photos, uploading videos, playing games.
Regularly check what your child is doing or who they are interacting with.
You can visit the following site for more tips, links and information about where to get help if you have concerns about your child’s internet use:
Digital Parenting publish a magazine regularly with the most up-to-date advice and ideas for keeping your child safe online. You can read the most recent one here.
UNICEF has published a report on young people’s views on the risks they face growing up in a digital world: Growing Up Online (UNICEF, 2016)
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you must supervise carefully the devices your child uses in the home as this is your responsibility. At the same time if we can support you with advice or help we are happy to be contacted at any time.