If your school closes due to coronavirus (COVID-19), or children need to self-isolate, children will likely be spending more time on devices and online.
Download and share this guide with parents to make them aware of the risks around screen time for children, and how to keep their child safe and healthy.
You can share this guide however you think is best - whether that's by email, printing copies to hand out, or putting it on your school website. We just ask that you keep our logo on it, so it's clear that it was produced by Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key.
If your school is closing, or children are self-isolating, share it with parents with the following text to introduce it (adapt it to reflect your school's approach to learning during a closure):
"While not at school, your child will likely be spending more time on devices, online. It's an easy way to keep them entertained, and they might be using them for remote learning too. But, higher screen time puts children at risk of being bullied or abused, seeing inappropriate content, and not getting enough sleep and exercise. Read this guide to find out how to keep your child safe and healthy."
We've updated this guide to reflect the fact that if schools close or children need to self-isolate due to coronavirus, they're probably going to be spending more time on devices. The risks are the same, and the advice is mostly the same too. The only changes we've made to the advice have been to add to the tips on talking to children about staying safe online, and to reflect the new context of the guide.