With home learning now in full swing, students are likely to be spending more time online than they typically would be. Online safety is always important but never more so than at the moment. Whilst your child is signed into their Everest account or google classroom, filtering and protection is the same as if they were in school but you should continue to be vigilant and monitor closely what they are doing online.
In 2016, the DfE published some simple advice for parents, which can be found here:
The DfE have also very recently recommended the following websites and I know these are all great resources:
Think U Know is full of information for both children and parents about staying safe online. There are lots of top tips on how you can talk to your child about staying safe online and some really helpful advice on setting up parental controls. This is the most important thing you can do to help block unsuitable websites.
Internet Matters has a range of information, including tech support on parental controls and managing children’s devices, as well as specific advice on dealing with common challenges.
Parent Info has lots of different articles, including specific games and apps that your children may be using. It’ll help you know your Tik Tok from your Minecraft.
Net Aware is a website created by the NSPCC and again features clear parent-friendly guides to the latest popular apps to help you stay in the loop. You can also access free parental advice, including setting up parental controls, through their helpline on 0808 800 5002.