Supporting parents and carers
Online safety can be daunting for parents and carers, as they may have concerns about their understanding of the topic and their knowledge of latest developments. Schools should remind parents that e-safety is more about their parenting and communication skills than technology.
Parents should understand that it isn’t enough to protect children from online harms by simply banning sites or installing firewalls and filters.
Encourage parents and carers to maintain an open and ongoing discussion about online safety at home/as a family/with their children.
(Assiter, Avery and The Education People, 2018b).
Our research with parents showed that they want to learn more about online safety and would welcome information from their child’s school.
We involve parents and carers by:
- sharing resources, news activities and events via social media, newsletters, handouts and email
- circulating new and updated e-safety policies and procedures
- organising and inviting parents to online safety sessions, potentially using external visitors
- showing parents the learning resources you use in the classroom.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has guidance for parents and carers on online safety over the summer holidays (UK Safer Internet Centre, 2018).