The significance of online safety as a key element of safeguarding has increased greatly in the last few years. Being online is an integral part of most children’s lives, especially since the pandemic increased internet use significantly. Statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021, tells us that online safety should form a fundamental part of schools’ and colleges’ safeguarding and child protection procedures. Working effectively with parents is a key part of online safety because parents play an important role in helping their children stay safe online.
LGfL’s dedicated one-stop location offers parents support and advice on a range of subjects through their ParentSafe web page:
- TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS RIGHT NOW!
- SAFE SETTINGS, CONTROLS & MONITORING
- WHAT’S THAT APP ANYWAY?
- TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT LIFE ONLINE
- TOP TOPICS (from porn to bullying, extremism & gangs, fake news & more)
- HELP & REPORTING
This is great news especially with parental engagement so vital to reinforce those key safeguarding messages.
Just a joke? – Childnet Toolkit contains a range of resources to help schools explore problematic online sexual behaviour including:
- Three lesson plans
- Quick activities
- An interactive quiz
- Teaching Guide
Inspiring children to use technology responsibility and critically are key areas of online safety – what’s your school doing to ensure children are safe online?