Online Safety is a vital part of learning in school.
Teaching children how to keep themselves safe online is an essential part of our children's learning. With the increasing use of digital technology both in school and within the home comes the increasing need to be aware of the potential dangers and to protect personal information online.
Children are taught lessons to help them make safe decisions when playing with others online, protecting their personal data, selecting most appropriate websites to use for homework and what to do if they come across any that makes them feel upset or worried.
They are also taught about the dangers of online bullying and to respect others when online.
Operating within an online space is something most of us simply do subconsciously, but have you ever stopped to consider the potential dangers which exist on the web, especially for our children? With thousands of apps available at the touch of a button is it hard to ensure you have a good understanding of them all. But as a parent, here are some helpful tips for you to support your child with staying safe online.
Create opportunities to talk openly about your child’s online activity. Who do they talk to? What apps do they use? What would they do if something was troubling them online who could they talk to?
Remind your child to stay kind online. It is easy to become a ‘keyboard warrior’ if you would not say it to someone’s face do not say it online. If someone is being mean to your child online inform the school so they can also support your child.
Set boundaries for when it is appropriate to be online. Ensure that the child is having regular breaks and their wellbeing is not being affected by playing/talking online for long periods of time.
Use some of the resources listed below to help guide you on any issues that may arise.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
The think u know website has lots of useful information for parents regarding online safety.