We know that during social isolation children and teenagers will inevitably turn to the digital world for entertainment and escapism as well as for learning and staying in touch. This offers tremendous opportunities for innovation and creativity, but inevitably new levels of risk. It may be also be that spending more time together at home may put some pressure on families. The Children’s Society has written a helpful article for families who are self-isolating at home: Dealing with conflict at home.
If your child is following any online learning, either through school or home learning websites, it is important to consider how to keep safe. Any sessions that involve live teaching using a family webcam should consider the following:
• These should be group sessions only, absolutely no 1:1s
• Staff and children must wear suitable clothing, as should anyone else in the household.
• Any computers used for filming or streaming by staff or children should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; and where possible be against a neutral background.
• The live class should be recorded and backed up elsewhere, so that if any issues were to arise, the video can be reviewed.
• Live classes should be kept to a reasonable length of time, or the streaming may prevent the family 'getting on' with their day
• Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background
The following are useful resources for families to use and consider to support safe online use during this period of time.
• Internet matters is a parent online support pack https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/parent-online-support-pack-teachers/
• Childnet’s online Safety quiz for children https://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew/are-you-smart-online-quiz
• NSPCC have produced this Parents vs Kids activity quiz https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/parents-vs-kids
• Google’s Be internet legends: games for children to play https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_uk/toolkit