Online Safety -
For some parents, using the internet can be as
scary as walking a tightrope across the Grand Canyon on a windy day. Some people get a complete mental block
about using sites and either feel like they need to do a course or find someone to help them navigate sites…just
incase they cause the computer to explode! It is very much based around a fear of the unknown. Many people
didn’t get a chance to grips with the internet as it was evolving and have now almost resigned themselves to the
fact that they just don’t know how to use it and that’s that.
Children and young people embrace the internet
like it’s their best friend! There is absolutely no fear factor and they feel so confident that they will accept
any new popular sites and learn as they go. They delve into nearly all nooks and crannies of sites they enjoy
(many of these being social media outlets), until they figure out how it works and then off
they go into cyberspace to discover the world.
There appears to be a sense of growing distance between some
parents and children resulting in parents relying on media outlets to inform them of the “dangerous”
sites that can cause their children harm, while at the same time, almost providing a road map
for young people to explore a new site they shouldn’t.
How we access the internet is constantly changing and,
as parents, it’s important to be aware of how your children are using the internet on a daily
basis. We’ve progressed from a big bulking computer and monitor in the corner of the kitchen to having the
ability to access the internet via tablets and phones and using glasses is just around the corner…who knows
where this will lead us next!
With all this in mind, online bullying has
become a real and tangible issue for both young and old alike. Whereas, years ago bullying was generally
confined to outside the child’s door, with the ever expanding use of technology, we have unintentionally opened
our front door and invited bullying into the home. As parents we can’t completely prevent our children
from going online, and it’s important to not scaremonger your children about the internet but it is
important to discuss with them how they can keep themselves safe while online, just as you would teach them
about road safety or stranger danger.
We have created this 1 day course to provide parents and kids
with practical techniques to help keep safe in a positive way.
How To Talk To
How To Deal
With Bullying If It Occurs
Kids Navigate The Internet
To book a place on this course click here.