Below are some suggestions on how schools can work with parents to raise e-safety awareness and ideas on how to engage parents and make opportunities to promote this topic.
How can schools help improve parents e-safety awareness?
- Effectively communicate with parents regarding ICT use in school, including the distribution of the acceptable use policy to reinforce the safety messages taught in school.
- Provide advice and practical tips to parents on how to promote internet safety at home.
- Promote the positives of using technology whilst raising awareness of the risks.
- Educate parents about the safe use of a wide range of devices – some devices such as games consoles may be unique to the home environment.
- Provide parents with technological knowledge so they can discuss issues with their children.
- Encourage parents to stay involved in and aware of their children’s online/virtual activities.
- Ensure parents know who to contact if they have concerns about e-safety issues.
Ideas to engage parents in e-Safety awareness:
- A programme of workshops on specific topics, such as using Facebook or Helping your child do research on the Internet.
- Incorporate relevant e-safety awareness into any parents meetings/briefing you have – these might be on homework, curriculum, after-school clubs, school trips etc.
- Include presentations at parent’s evenings.
- Invite parents to be involved in the production and review of school e-safety policies.
- Run training courses for parents.
- Hold an Internet safety event, possibly organised alongside the PTA – invite experts, police, e-Safety organisations, expert parents etc to give presentations or provide displays.
- Issue newsletters to promote e-safety awareness.
- Circulate ‘top tips’ for the safe use of different devices and platforms.
- Use the school website – include links to organisations who provide information and support to parents eg Childnet, ThinkUKnow
- Have displays and posters at events attended by parents, or in reception areas where parents will see them.
- Use social networks such as the schools facebook page to deliver e-safety messages.
- Send home a quiz for parents to assess their own awareness and knowledge.
- Set homework which involves children discussing e-safety issues at home.
- Be creative!
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