The safer use of new technologies

The BSN, Summer 2013


This newsletter is aimed at giving you, as parents, some hints, tips and advice in helping to manage your children's digital life.

The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet...

The video below, produced by CEOP, is a good starting point if you want an overview of the issues relating to children and their safer use of technology.

The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet

Vodafone Digital Parenting

This is an excellent online magazine produced by Vodafone on the safer use of new technologies. There are a lot of interesting, relevant articles aimed (predominantly) at parents detailing how they can engage with - and manage - the online life of their children.

Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine

Applying Restrictions to the iPad

There are a number of restrictions that can be added to the iPad to help safeguard and limit what your children can do on their iPads. The three short videos below take you through the steps needed to:

  • Add restrictions to the iPad
  • Disabling iMessage
  • Setting up 'Guided Access' (which locks the iPad into a specific app)
iPad restrictions
Restricting iMessage
Guided Access


Snapchat is the latest 'must-have' chatting app amongst teenagers. It is a photo-messaging application which allows users to take 'view once' photos or video and send them to others. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their photos, up to 10 seconds, after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device.

Regardless, the app doesn't stop recipients taking a screen-shot of the image before it is deleted, thereby saving it to their devices. The service can only be used by those over 13 (just like Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter etc) and users 13-17 need to have permission from a parent/guardian before using it. Snapchat have produced a guide for parents who want to find out more, which can be found here.

Teens, Social Media and Privacy

"Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information" according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

This is a project that produces reports exploring the impact of, amongst other things, the internet on families, education, work and home. Their latest report can be found here and is well worth a look if you're interested in the changing technological landscape as it relates to young people.

Finally... some further e-Safety links

The following are a list of recommended web sites containing a range of e-Safety information - text and video - aimed at children and parents: