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How to Keep Children Safe Online While Learning From Home

August 24, 2020

During home learning, safeguarding and child protection remain as important as ever. Whether teaching face-to-face or in a virtual environment, it’s important all steps are taken to ensure children are protected. So how can we keep the online environment safe for them?

During home learning, safeguarding and child protection remain as important as ever. Whether teaching face-to-face or in a virtual environment, it’s important all steps are taken to ensure children are protected. So how can we keep the online environment safe for them?

Safeguarding the virtual classroom

As the coronavirus pandemic imposed strict learning from home restrictions, school leaders and teachers had to adjust to remote education strategies and practices and include safeguarding procedures to ensure children are protected. 

Teacher safety when providing remote education also proved to be an essential factor. Remote learning was a new experience, so schools had to have a full understanding on how to approach safeguarding procedures online for all parties involved. 

Parents and carers have to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, what websites they will be asked to use and the school staff the children will interact with.

Digital safety best practices

Building a safe online environment is paramount. Parents and carers should be encouraged to set age-appropriate parental controls on the digital devices and use internet filters to block malicious websites.

Access to school data systems should be provided safely, continuing to follow the guidance outlined in data protection regulations. Not sharing contact details when emailing multiple people and taking precautions when sharing usernames and other personal data.

Schools and educators should help pupils recognise online content that tries to mislead or spread false information as well as persuasive techniques and persuasive design in games and social media.

Communication with parents or pupils by schools should take place as much as possible during working hours or hours agreed with the school to suit the needs of the staff. 

Communication should be done via school channels approved by senior leadership, using school email accounts, not personal ones and using school devices wherever possible. Also, teachers should be advised not to share personal information.

During video meetings or when it comes to recorded video, teachers should be aware of the information they are transmitting. A quiet or private room or area when talking to pupils, parents or carers and careful consideration about the background during the video.

Well-being and safety go hand-in-hand

Keeping stress levels low for children working from home has proved to be a challenge during this time and parents should consider that children often mimic what they see from the adults around them. 

The more parents manage to keep calm and deal with situations with confidence, the more this will be reflected in the behaviour of their children.

Mask wearing, social distancing, facing financial instability and being stuck at home for large periods of time can all add up to very stressful situations that many children and parents face. 

If parents manage to deal with a situation with calm and confidence, that will be reflected in their children’s actions and well-being.

The change of routine has made the situation particularly stressful for children and parents should be aware that being more supportive is a necessity. The more importance parents place on their own well-being, the more this will reflect in their children.

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