Talking to your children about Online Safety
Many parents and carers worry about their children staying safe when using technology. Research shows that one of the best ways to keep them safe is to talk to children about the technology they use, when they are using it. But knowing how to talk to children about technology can be challenging.
This saferinternet.org.uk blog sets out five tips for talking to children of all ages about their technology use. These are:
1) Play games together
2) Read together
3) Explore the online world together
4) Watch shows and films online together
5) Laugh together
Read the full details of these tips at:
Specific advice for Online Safety when using technology at home while social distancing
Follow the link for #StaySafeStayHome for advice and guidance on using technology while staying at home. Parents also are sharing their experiences of working with their children using technology.
Here is a link to SomersetElim’s game break cards. These cards can used to help develop good online safety and healthy habits. https://www.somerset.org.uk/sites/edtech/eSafety/Gameplan/Game%20break%20cards.pdf
We use these posters from Somerset Elim in class to encourage healthy habits when using technology
Some useful parent information sites:
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, offers advice to parents but also age appropriate advice and games for children age 4+.
A great document with information for how to keep you child safe while learning at home:
Extra Online safety support
For further support with Online Safety follow this link: https://onlinecompass.org.uk/
Online Compass is a tool that shows you what you can do to make the use of technology safer for you and your family.
The tool allows you to self assess where you rate your current online safety and then make suggestions on how to be safer online.
You may want to practice different skills such as Rainbow Olympic Maths challenge and phonic sounds at home. Here are some links to websites where you can practice this at home.
There are a range of different apps that can be downloaded to help support learning in a fun and engaging way. Please speak to your class teacher for ideas of apps and games that your child could play online.