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Safer Internet Day 2022

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In addition to Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week, it’s also Safer Internet Day today (Tuesday 8th).

With this in mind, we thought we’d share some additional information and resources related to children’s mental health and their lives online.

There are lots of resources for professionals on the SWGfL website.

We’re getting more aware than ever just how much online relationships and experiences can impact children’s mental health, please find helpful resources below to use and share.

Parents and Carers

1. Education is Key for both you and them

We can all learn more about how to stay safe online, and it's important that we keep in the loop with new platforms as much as the kids do.

2. There are many ways to monitor and filter information

Making sure all devices in the house have appropriate controls is a great way to put your mind at rest.

3. Have an honest conversation together

It can be a bit awkward at times, but having a conversation with your children about their online activity and mental health can really help.

  • www.nspcc.org.uk has advice on how to talk about online safety, including how to keep topics age-appropriate.
  • www.childnet.com has a list of conversation starter ideas and resources such as a family agreement

4. Learn how to report inappropriate behaviour

Inappropriate behaviour from other young people you know should be reported directly (for example, to school), but the advice below can be followed in any situation:

For Schools and Education Settings

There is a range of online resources below that can help:

  • Samaritans have guides on many different topics related to the internet and suicide
  • Mentally Healthy Schools have pages of resources on online safety, including lesson plans, animations and specific topics (for example, cyberbullying)
  • Safer Internet also have tools for curriculum planning, as well as policy guidance and information on filtering and monitoring
  • R:pple is a filtering and monitoring tool that could be installed on browsers and can signpost away from harmful content
  • Childnet also provides similar advice and guidance, as well as a curriculum calendar template, quizzes and SEND resources.