During COVID 19 we recognise the increase use of technology. This brings lots of challenges to both school staff and parents to keep children safe online. The use of technology will be a huge advantage to support the delivery of learning experiences for pupils, and there are huge benefits from the appropriate use of online resources. However parents, school staff, need to be aware of the potential risks that go along with this.
As a school we have worked with National Online Safety to provide a huge amount of resources for parents and carers.
The resources include a parents & carers course that can be taken at your own convenience and covers:
- Online Relationships
- Fake Profiles & Social Bots
- Online Bullying
- Online Grooming
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Harassment & Violence
- Live Streaming
- Online Identity
- Screen Addiction
- Online Challenges
- Online Gambling
- Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism
- Age Inappropriate Content
- Copyright & Ownership
- Fake News
- Online Fraud
- Online Reputation
- Personal Data
- Targeted Adverts & Pop-Ups
- The Dark Web
Please find below the link you need to visit to register your account. You will need to complete your details and select "I am a: Parent/Carer" from the dropdown menu:
Once you have registered, you will be able to access the 'Online Safety for Parents and Carers' Course and National Online Safety's Resources - Which include a wide range of online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games. National Online Safety release a brand-new guide weekly, and aim to cover all major social media platforms, apps and issues that children encounter online.
Also worth being aware of is that Think U Know have released some useful summary guide sheets for parents for both primary and secondary aged children - download now, as well as fortnightly online safety Home Activity Packs full of simple, 15 minute activities to support children's online safety at home.
Please also see the links below to support you in the following areas:
- How to enable parental settings on devices at home
- The age restrictions on social media apps and platforms
- The potential risks (and age restrictions) of live streaming apps
- The importance of not believing everything you see online
and particularly around Coronavirus - Learn more
If you want further advice these are additional reputable sites:
- NSPCC Online Safety
- NSPCC NetAware
- Parent info
- Internet Matters
- Think U Know
- BBC Own it
- National Online Safety
Please also email email@example.com if you have any online safety concerns.
As a parent, monitoring your children’s time online isn’t always easy and you can’t always control what they see. The internet has so much value and it can be a huge benefit when used in a safe environment. But sometimes our children need to know we’re involved and just asking a few simple questions can really make a difference. Please see the guide below from National Online Safety to help give you a starting point for those important conversations.