Parents and carers
"Schools and colleges are likely to be in regular contact with parents and carers. Those communications should be used to reinforce the importance of children being safe online and parents and carers are likely to find it helpful to understand what systems schools and colleges use to filter and monitor online use. It will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including the sites they will asked to access and be clear who from the school or college (if anyone) their child is going to be interacting with online."
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Online Safety is an important part of an educational settings responsibility to safeguard children; we can teach and empower learners to understand how to be safe and behave appropriately online, but these messages can only be successful if they’re supported and reinforced by parents and carers when children are at home.
Parents and carers can sometimes be a difficult group to engage with; lack of time or limited knowledge and understanding about how technology works may mean some parents and carers lack confidence around keeping their children safe online. Alternatively, some families may think they already do enough to protect their children by banning and blocking certain websites.
Our blog post 'How can we get families more involved in Online Safety?' can help schools and settings consider different parental engagement approaches.