AUPs for Parents?
While a school may not be in a position to create an AUP for parents, one suggestion might be to invite all parents/carers to support the school’s approach to E-Safety by role modelling safe and positive online behaviours for their child and by discussing online safety with them at home. While many parents will already do this, formalising and endorsing this as a school will encourage and support others.
As a school community you could therefore consider providing a home ’Acceptable Use Policy’ for parents to discuss with their child/ren and perhaps sign as a signal that they will all try to ‘behave’ and ‘be aware’ of their online activity. It is good to involve parents and their children as much as possible in the decision making process and believe a shared commitment can be a successful way to achieve this.
LGFL have developed an AUP for parents and children (see resources available) and in particular we draw your attention to the 3 commons approach to online behaviour. Schools might find this helpful.
'How can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?'
CEOP has produced ‘Keeping up with The Joneses’, a short trailer to get parents and carers thinking about getting involved in their children’s online lives.
Parents might be struggling to keep up with the things their child is doing online and might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, you might also encourage them to think ‘How can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?’