Staying Safe

Wednesday 7th February 2017 marks ‘Safer Internet Day’ and the theme this year is ‘Unite for a Better Internet’. All week students have had assemblies and activities about working together to make the internet a better place. The focus has been on the images they might post: what they say about them, who has access to them and how they remain in their digital footprint in the future. One of the best ways to support internet safety is to maintain an open dialogue about it so here are some conversation starters to get the discussion going.

  • Ask them to tell you about the websites and apps they like to use and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?

A helpsheet with more detailed information for families is available on our website in the following languages: English, Polish, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Arabic, French, and Spanish. These are available at the very bottom of the page.

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