Safety and well-being resources for parents and carers
Resources for parents and carers
As we navigate our way through a second lockdown, we recognise that the mental health and wellbeing of your child may be impacted. We also recognise that the amount of time young people spend online may well increase. The safeguarding of our young people in the digital world is extremely important as more of our interaction moves to this platform, and can impact negatively on wellbeing and mental health. We would like to support you, as parents, to feel confident in being able to identify anything that may raise concerns and support your child in negotiating their way through the digital world.
There are three key areas that are crucial to online safety:
- Students understanding how to keep themselves safe online
- An understanding of how to raise or pass on concerns
- An understanding from adults of early warning signs, and where to seek information
All of our students are undertaking a lesson in online safety in their PSHE lessons this week to support them in keeping themselves safe online, and we will continue to deliver education on how students can protect themselves online. Should they need additional support, you, or they, can contact our pastoral team via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be in touch. Students are also aware that they can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or on their website www.childline.org.uk
Below are some resources that parents/carers may find helpful in supporting their child staying safe online.
General Advice and Guidance
Internet Matters is an excellent site for general advice for parents and young people: https://www.internetmatters.org/
CEOP is a site where anyone can report online sexual abuse: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Support with anxiety and disruption
Click here for our guide on helping students manage unsettling times such as school closures.
Use the links below for guidance on supporting your child with anxiety:
Talking about Covid-19
Click here for NHS guidance on handling conversations around Covid-19.
Click here for advice from SafetyNet on talking about Covid-19, safeguarding and supporting your child's learning at home.
Click here for 'top tips' for parents and carers during lockdown.
Click here for general resources to help keep your child safe online.
Click here for specific information on online sexual abuse.
External support services
Please click here to view a list of possible services you may find helpful, including organisation who can support or offer advice relating to food, health and money.