Staying safe online during COVID-19
As schools run at limited capacity as a result of COVID-19, we know that parents and carers are having to manage their child’s use of technology and help them learn remotely.
We understand that many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online.
Advice for parents
See the digital safety and wellbeing kit below, for advice on the use of online tools, devices and digital wellbeing.
Children’s guide to staying safe online
Students at CSIA have recently been updated on the risks faced when using technology though Safer Internet Day assemblies and the tutor led resources. As young people spend more time online there is also an increase in the chances they will see something online which isn’t intended for them. Whether this is fake news, impersonation, or mean comments, it is important to make responsible decisions when using technology. Together as a family you can also help prepare your children and build their critical thinking skills. The below children’s guide gives up to date advice on how to use technology responsibly at this time.
Family Work Packs
With the increased use of technology during the lockdown, it remains vital to keep conversations about online safety going and raise awareness of reporting routes if you have a concern.
To help support your child’s online safety at home, CEOP have provided family work packs. These are available for ages 4 to 14+. Parents can also watch video guides on different online safety topics.
Click here to access family work packs.
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Here at Camborne Science & International Academy, we take the safeguarding and wellbeing of our students very seriously. As E-Safety Co-ordinator, my role is to provide guidance to students on how to use technology responsibly. Our E-Safety and Student AUP policies are continually revised to include up-to-date advice. You can view these on our policies page.
We recognise that there is a constant need to update our own expertise and guidance on e-safety risks. With this in mind, we feel a responsibility to support our wider community.
This page will provide links to the leading E-Safety organisations. These websites offer guidance and provide resources to help you understand and support the issues that face young people.
If you need further information or have concerns for a student’s wellbeing, please feel free to browse the following pages or contact:
Thomas Smith (E-Safety Co-ordinator)
Tel: 01209 720239
- http://ceop.police.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Thinkuknow is a website provided by CEOP. It gives age appropriate advice for young people. There is also a section aimed at parents.
- http://www.saferinternet.org.uk – UK Safer Internet Centre, here you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety – NSPCC. Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.
- http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/(link is external) -KidSMART is a website with SMART ways to stay safe and have fun online!
- https://www.commonsensemedia.org – Common Sense Media improves the lives of children and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting – Sexting advice for parents. How to talk to your child about the risks of sexting – and what you can do to protect them.
We would like your input
Through this survey, we are looking to identify aspects of e-safety that parents and carers wish to know more about. We can then offer appropriate advice and guidance opportunities. I value the opportunity for us to work together.