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5 Key Principles for Engaging Parents and Guardians with Online Safety
By Vicky at Galore Park
17 Apr
The internet can be a wonderful but scary place sometimes. With so much information readily available at our fingertips, we’ve never been more connected. As schools are now closed due to Coronavirus and everyone is spending more time at home – and online – we’ve put together our 5 key principles for engaging parents and guardians with online safety.

Parental or guardian engagement is fundamental to the success of safeguarding children online. Encouraging parents and carers to talk openly about online safety issues helps children to develop safe online habits at home as well as in school.

1. Build parent or guardian confidence
Provide parents or guardians with additional advice through newsletters, the school website or a (virtual) open-door policy for guardians to share concerns. Perhaps you have a parent/guardian forum where they can share their concerns with other parents?

2. Encourage parents and guardians to develop boundaries for the whole family
Provide information on limiting screen time, tech at bedtime and mealtimes, and age-appropriateness of games and films. As we all spend more time at home and online, it can be very easy to spend a lot of the day online or using digital devices – it’s vital to have regular breaks from screens and enjoy other activities.

3. Support the positive use of technology
Promote the use of free resources such as Switched on Minecraft and Learn to Code from our sister brand Rising Stars to encourage children to be creators of content at home, not just consumers! Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?

4. Model appropriate use
Encourage parents or guardians to model positive behaviour online to reinforce positive behaviour in children.

5. Use pupils to spread the message
Use your e-team to share online safety projects with parents and guardians or on Safer Internet Day.

Download a free poster summarising the 5 key principles here.

For more support, check out Switched on Online Safety from Rising Stars. This is a complete programme to integrate online safety across your school.

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