In this learning module, parents will be dealing with the important issue of Online Safety and Cyberbullying.
This module is designed to provide Internet safety guidance to parents. The aim of this module is to empower parents with the knowledge and tools they need to guide kids towards making safe and smart choices in their digital lives. By the end of this learning module, parents will be encouraged to start discussing with their children about safe and responsible online use.
Parents will first watch a number of introductory videos on internet safety both with children sharing their experiences and parents sharing their concerns in order to start a conversation about responsible use and cyber safe behavior. Special attention will be given to the Common Sense Media website, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns, which provides parents with online access to videos, discussion guides, tip sheets and presentations. Parents will be given a set of handouts and discussion guides (provided mainly by Common Sense Media) in order to help them to talk about their experiences and concerns for their children’s’ safety online. Parents will be introduced to the term Family media Agreements (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/fma_al...), which are checklists that parents can use to guide conversations with their kids about internet use and the Internet Safety Rules, which include Internet use Contracts for families (for parents, kids, teens). For parents of young children the ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision’ story is available (http://kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ks1/sourcesDuck/projet/DigiDuck-eBook.pdf), an easy to read story of friendship and responsibility online.
As far as Cyberbullying is concerned, parents will be provided with the Cyberbullying Toolkit (provided by Common Sense Media, http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-PTA), which offers a wide range of material and lessons for parents to follow when dealing with digital harassment.
Last but not least, parents will watch a number of videos with useful advice on helping to set computer limits. These videos will spark an in-depth conversation about this important issue.