Staying safe online during Coronavirus lockdown
We know that students are having to use more online resources during this time and their safety when doing so is crucial. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers in keeping your child safe online. These have been collated by the government:
- Thinkuknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
- UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
Support is also available to parents and carers to help you maintain your family wellbeing during this time. Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health.
Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources that the government have published to help children to learn at home.
Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people.
Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.
Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:
- MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers, and other professionals working with children
- The Every Mind Matters platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health
- Guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Guidance on supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health
All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.