I am delighted to be introducing a new digital service to you. With blended learning, online resources, chat and gaming, our young people are spending a lot of time with a screen in front of them. This has the potential to cause some concerns around online safety. As technology changes so quickly with new programs, apps and games emerging all the time-often with the ability to chat and text-it can seem quite a challenge to keep to speed.
To help you through this labyrinth, the academy has invested in a website called National Safety Online. You will get a free parental login which allows you access to a host of helpful resources. These include:
- guides on the latest social media trends, games and apps that teenagers access.
- advice and guidance on how to deal with issues like privacy, sexting and mental health.
- courses you can take yourself on eSafety which you can go through at your own pace.
In short this is a one-stop-shop for all online matters.
In order to access the resources, please use the link below to create an account.
As part of the process you will be required to identify yourself as a parent. (Your email will be collected and stored for as long as you use the site.) Once on the site you will be presented with a standard website screen with an easy-to-navigate screen (see image below).
You might like to complete the courses aimed at parents, view some of the explainer videos (e.g. on mental health or online banter) and there are monthly updates with all the latest information.
I hope you find this useful and if you have any questions regarding this resource, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org