Online Safety – Parental Controls: A Brief Introduction

An online safety guidance document from Dan at Lincolnshire County Council can be found below:

Online Safety Newsletter – Parental Controls

While being online can be hugely positive for everyone, especially our children, many parents and carers worry about how best to manage their safety. Issues around content and screen time are frequently reported with 40% of parents/carers reporting that they struggled to control their screen time. To help, here is a brief introduction to some common features available to help support you and your child when they engage with content in the virtual world.

Report Harmful Content Online

SWGfL Report Harmful Content

The RHC button (above) is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an initial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites’ community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.

RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.

The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:

  • links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
  • help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
  • signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to report legal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation

SWGfL Report Harmful Content