With the ever-growing world of technology, it is inevitable that being online is a significant part of children and young people’s lives. The Internet, and the use of websites and apps are fantastic tools for learning, but it can also expose young people to new types of risks.
Internet safety is an essential part of our health and wellbeing learning and children engage in relevant, age appropriate tasks at every year level. It is important that we work together (school and families) to maintain an open and ongoing discussion about being safe online with children.
The Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council regularly update their advice and guidance to share with families, and these are linked below.
Internet Safety Plan – Scottish Government.
Student Resources – By Edinburgh’s Digital Learning Team.
Parent/carer Resources – By Edinburgh’s Digital Learning Team.
Other useful resources for information about safeguarding children and young people from the online world are on the following sites:
24.2.20 Online safety 2020 Presentation for Parents Carers – Very useful resource with lots to consider and think about.
Thinkuknow – Excellent resource with lots of information packs to explore with your child, including social media and online gaming.
https://www.bbc.com/ownit – Really child-friendly resources that are great to watch and discuss together.
Safer Internet – Videos with tips for how parents/carers can talk to children about Internet safety.
BT Online Safety – Practical tips and information.
Childnet – Advice on creating screen time boundaries.
NSPCC – Very helpful tips for keeping your child safe online.
Respect Me – Advice and tips for talking to your child about online bullying.