Each year Safer Internet Day takes place in February providing some of the latest resources and tips available for safer use of the internet for our children.
Since last year, the digital world for education has grown exponentially due to COVID-19. As schools have closed during lockdown, education has moved online for many children. With remote schooling and restrictions on meeting friends, the internet has played a huge part in communication for all.
So, now more than ever, parents and carers are exploring the possibilities and utilising the vast range of information online to help our children develop. However, we must also be wary and safeguard our children online.
So, with this year’s Safer Internet Day theme focussing on: “An Internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world,” it aims to help with how young people can separate fact from fiction.
Set up by the UK Safer Internet Centre, this national day, which is held on 9 February this year, is about promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
- Talk together: Communication is the key to identifying online misinformation.
- Set an example: Show your child how you question and evaluate online content.
- Think before you share: Fact-check and reflect before sharing content, posts or pictures.
- Check in with your child: How does misleading information they see online make them feel?
- Seek help and support: Ask other parents how they address misleading online content.
Source: Safer Internet Day
Read Safer Internet Day 2021 Top Tips for Parents and Carers for the detailed information of these key pointers above.
There’s a huge range of resources available including advice for different age ranges:
Social media guides
An online balance
As a foster carer, it’s important to be aware of what’s popular amongst children and young people online. We’ve previously written about safeguarding children online which has further tips on what to check and about creating a healthy digital balance such as limiting usage of devices at mealtimes and turning devices off at least an hour before bed.
Useful resources for safeguarding children online
UK Safer Internet Centre offers online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
This BBC article has useful tips for keeping children safe online for computers, phones and tablets.
Internet Matters is an internet safety organisation.
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