April 30th, 2021
The return of pupils to school, coupled with ever-growing online activity including expanding social media platforms, provides an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of continuing to raise awareness of how to stay safe online. This is particularly important for you as parents/carers.
The benefits of being able to connect with each other via the internet and using the latest technology are enormous. However, with this comes a risk that exposure to cyberbullying, disinformation and grooming is greater with children and young people using the internet, unsupervised. There remains a particular concern in relation to chatrooms which encourage children and young people to join together to engage in potentially dangerous behaviours.
The national guidance recommends reviewing security and safety settings, checking facts and guarding against disinformation, being vigilant against fraud and scams, and managing the amount of time spent online. One of the most effective methods of keeping young people safe online is to raise awareness. The school will support you through the taught curriculum at school.
In addition, we would encourage you to have conversations about the online activities in which your children are engaged, who they are talking with and the safeguards they are taking. Guidance on these conversations can be found at: Teaching Your Child about Internet & Online Safety | NSPCC
Online safety guidance advice and resources are also available from the County Council for parents/carers, children and young people and professionals within schools. Other helpful sources of advice are Parentzone, the NSPCC and the UK Safer Internet Centre as well as the Digital Parenting Magazine published by Vodafone. This is free to order without any cost for postage: Order Digital Parenting | Vodafone.
We are fully commited to working with our parent community to help keep children and young people safe whilst enjoying the enormous benefits that our technological advances can offer.