Technology is great but there can be times when it can also be daunting, especially if you are a parent with children who have access to a whole range of devices. At College, your child is supervised and content on the internet is filtered to block content that would be inappropriate. But what about at home? Do you know what your child is accessing on their tablet, games console or mobile phone? Do your children access the internet just through your own home broadband or do they have data on a mobile SIM? Or do they take their devices elsewhere to connect them? Also, new communication methods are appearing all the time, such as voice assistants that can search the internet or make calls to other people (via Amazon's Echo/ Alexa, Google Home and Google Assistant, Cortana on Windows devices and Siri on Apple products.) Do your children use any of these devices without supervision?
These questions (and many more) are asked by parents who are concerned about their child's online safety. Thankfully there are places that can give you excellent advice on how to keep your child safe and, most importantly, how to educate your child to use technology in the right way. In this day and age, it is not enough to simply remove a device from a child if they have been exposed to the inappropriate material: children of all ages have enquiring minds and communication technology is everywhere as it is now a part of everyday life. We need to teach children how to respond appropriately to online content and how to deal with issues it might raise for them now and in the future.
Your child can always speak to their E-Cadet representative in class: every class has trained representatives that can help them to talk to an adult in school about issues. The E-Cadet programme is great as it is children giving children support and advice, under very careful staff supervision.
Click on some of the links below for places to go if you want to find out more about Online Safety: