Date Published: 13 October 2016
A group of teachers, social workers and council officers have received special training to help parents keep their children safe in the digital world.
Digital Parenting training is for anyone who works with families and teaches you how to pass on specialist knowledge to parents and carers, arming them with the skills and resources they need to protect their children online.
The course was organised by Rutland County Council and delivered by Parentzone, who have successfully trained more than 1,000 teachers, social workers and other safeguarding professionals.
“We work with a range of professionals to help them engage more effectively with parents about their children’s online world. The aim is to improve their understanding of online risks and help them convey what they’ve learned to parents in a positive, effective way. We don’t want to scare parents. We want to give them the information and encouragement they need to make informed decisions about their children’s online behaviour. This means taking basic offline parenting skills – the things we do every day – and applying them to situations online; asking questions like ‘where are you going?’, ‘what are you doing?’ and ‘who are you talking to?’, rather than simply dictating what they should and shouldn’t do.”
Sophie Linington, Deputy CEO of Parentzone
The Digital Parenting training was funded by Voluntary Action Rutland and organised by the Council.
“This training is invaluable in today’s world and has been offered to all school safeguarding leads in the county so they can deliver their own internet safety sessions. We want children to learn about online safety from an early age and for parents and carers to be fully aware of how best to teach them.
"Thanks to Parentzone, by training professionals to become trainers themselves we’re making sure these specialist skills are engrained within our local school system and can be applied again and again to help educate parents and carers well into the future.”
Councillor Tony Mathias, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety
For more information about Digital Parenting training and keeping children safe online, please visit the Parentzone website.
If you have any concerns about a child you should contact us straight away by calling: 01572 758 407