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Skips Safety Net is a unique educational programme designed to provide teachers with the tools and confidence to engage parents, and then their children, in a concerted effort to encourage safe online practice in the home.
Uniquely delivered in a way that’s really easy for parents and teachers to get: a blended approach of live webinars and remote learning resources raises parents’ awareness to what children are doing online, why they do it and how to stay safe when using the internet, social media and playing online games.
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As the Internet and social media act as the gateway to the adult world, children are accessing online platforms more and more outside school hours from an early age.
Though they are becoming smarter and growing up computer literate, they are naive and do not possess the life skills needed to recognise potential dangers. Parents worry about what their children are doing online, yet very few know how to help.
Developed in collaboration with Home Office Prevent and Police Crime Commission, Skips Safety Net is a wakeup call to the importance of developing a strategic parental engagement programme that is relevant and an integral part in the process of keeping children safe online.
Ash Sharma, CEO Skips Safety Net said, “As schools across the UK spend more time dealing with increasing number of parental concerns around children’s inappropriate use of online spaces, it is explicitly clear that this problem needs addressing urgently.”
Schools cannot keep children safe online without parental engagement. Nearly everything children do online, they do outside school and in the main it is unsupervised. It is very easy to poison young minds, especially when there is little parental guidance.
Technology is good at hooking children in and encouraging them to click away to extend their network. A lot of what they see for the first time is by mistake, but they are made to feel they have done something wrong when they haven’t.
Children feel they can’t talk about things without getting the blame or having their devices taken off them. This is why they try to manage a situation themselves but haven’t got the life skills to do so and things quickly escalate.
Parents need more support to help understand the issues and the real dangers. However, for most schools, reaching out to parents to engage them with e-safety is challenging at the best of times.
Safety Net is proving very successful in helping schools form a strong united front with parents to ensure children are safe in the online world, while still accessing the benefits it brings. Here are just a few points that make this programme unique and effective in creating behaviour change in the home.
Book now to experience the content first-hand and enquire about current funded packages, as Skips Safety Net continues to be adopted by many schools, local authorities and multi-agency partnerships across the UK, establishing itself as a vital tool in safeguarding children.
Visit skipssafetynet.org/info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 229 1941.
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