The COVID-19 outbreak has increased our reliance on technology, and with that change have come fears that online risks are also growing – particularly for children. While it’s true that things can occasionally go wrong online, most children only have positive experiences when using the internet.
Even 20 years ago, the quarantine experience would have looked quite different, without the many benefits technology brings. As classrooms, offices and entertainment find their new online place in our lives, families have been embracing all things digital. This is a great opportunity not only to have fun, but to help your child build their digital resilience.
Here are some helpful tips and guides to help keep your children digitally safe:
Help and advice for families in a digital world – https://parentinfo.org/
Family Agreements – https://www.childnet.com/resources/family-agreement
Information on screen time – https://parentinfo.org/article/screen-time-should-i-be-worried
With more than 100 million monthly users, Roblox is one of the world’s most popular games, but is it safe for your child? https://parentinfo.org/article/roblox-a-parents-guide
Social Media Checklists – https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/checklists/
SMART with a Heart Video Lesson (Geared towards 6-9 year olds) – https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons/the-r-rule
Online Activities You Can do from Home – https://www.childnet.com/resources/online-safety-activities-you-can-do-from-home
Online Safety with NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
DigiSafe Wednesday Webinars – https://www.lgfl.net/digisafe/webinars