As your child enters secondary school it is natural that they will start to become more independent and grow into a young adult. As their independence grows in real life it is expected that this will follow on the internet. The internet has grown exponentially since its creation, it is a part of everyday life and an important tool to use and embrace. The internet offers great solutions for everyday problems and is widely used for education, entertainment and social networking. In the classroom it is used to enhance our children’s learning and encourages independence for them to explore discover new things.
As a teenager it is expected that your child will explore, experiment and sometimes take risks. The internet has a huge impact on this and your child may use technology to be creative and express themselves.
We need to make sure that we support our children while using the internet to make sure they are accessing it in a safe, secure and knowledgeable way so that if anything was to go wrong then they know how to react and resolve the situation.
If you have any worries or concerns about the way your child is behaving online please contact:
Nick Jaques, Safeguarding Manager
Parent’s guide to the internet (advice) – www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
ParentPort (advice) – www.parentport.org.uk/top-tips-for-parents/
Facebook Family safety centre (advice) – https://www.facebook.com/safety
For resources in Polish – www.saferinternet.pl/pl/
For resources in Romanian – www.sigur.info/
For resources in Slovakian – www.zodpovedne.sk/
For resources in Bulgarian – www.safenet.bg/