Supporting Safer Internet Day 2022 Tips for Parents and Carers

3rd Feb 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Safer Internet Day 2022 - Tuesday 8 February

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Its aim is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This year the campaign theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Have a look at the tips and links below with some suggestions on how to get you started and help you to stay safe and positive online. You and your family can #PlayYourPart in creating a better internet by…

Having conversations without judgement.

Whether by playing games, watching videos, or doing things your child enjoys, spending time together online is a great way to start conversations about the online world and how they’re finding being a part of it.
It is important to ask questions and take an interest in what your child enjoys online.

An essential part of having this open dialogue is to not judge, even if their behaviour or life online isn’t what you wanted or expected. This ensures that your child feels they can come to you if ever they make a mistake or experience a problem online.

Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games.

Websites like Common Sense Media or The Family Gaming Database can be invaluable sources of information. When your child starts talking about a new game or app, why not do some research into the reporting and blocking options available? Then you can help your child if they come to you with an issue.

Getting support if things go wrong.

There are lots of organisations who are there to support you and your family if something has gone wrong. The Report Harmful Content website can help you with issues such as cyberbullying, impersonation and threats. You can report worrying behaviour towards children to CEOP. Find out more on Childnet’s Get Help page.

Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them.

Let your child know that the best way to address any problem they have online, is to tell a trusted adult immediately. For example, this might include someone sending them a friend request; an online message; telling them to visit a specific website, or app; or asking them for their personal information. Reassure them that if anything happens online that they are unsure about, or makes them feel worried or upset, they can come to you for help.

Playing Safe at BCFC Academy

If you ever wanted to discuss a safeguarding concern at the Club, please get in touch with one of the following staff…

Danetta Powell, Academy Operations Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Danny Brain, Head of Education, Designated Safeguarding Officer
Richard Terry, Academy Secretary, Designated Safeguarding Officer
Natalia Alexander, Administration & Player Care Officer, Designated Safeguarding Officer
James Brayne, Head of Coaching, Designated Safeguarding Officer

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