Useful link for parents below
Parents should try to do the following five key things;
1. Start the conversation - Parents start talking with your children about online safety, early in their online life.
2. Agree limits -Parents can download a family agreement template and learn about the importance of setting limits to online time.
3. Be informed - It is important for parents to keep themselves informed about the online world, and this video provides some tips for helping parents stay up to date.
4. How much time was I online today? - Parents can set positive examples regarding online activity to their children through their own online lives.
5. Parents share and learn -The support of parent to parent peer support is fantastic, and this video encourages parents to link in with each other to provide that support network.
Barnardos is here to support parents throughout this challenging time.
They have just launched a dedicated telephone and email support service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time. If you or someone you know needs extra parental support we are here to help.
This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:
- How to talk to your children about the corona virus
- Setting a good routine
- Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
- Managing aggression and family discord
- Home schooling/managing school expectations.
- Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
- Healthy eating
- Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
- Managing your child’s worries
- Self-care for parents
- Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
- Managing children’s online activity