What to do about digital parenting?

Being a parent is no easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the constant requests for help in all the different ways that our children ask for it, there’s also the pressure of keeping them safe; on the way to and from school; when they’re taking part in sports activities; when they’re travelling in our cars; with the things they view on television; watching what they eat… The same is true with the things that our children want. The latest toys, games, trips, technology…

As most people reading this will be teachers you will/should know that we have a legal responsibility for the children in our care. It’s called ‘loco parentis’ which means ‘in place of parent’. This relates directly to the level of care that a teacher should have for the children in their classes. Of course, teachers can’t replace parents, but as professionals in ‘loco parentis’ we do a number of things to keep our young people safe. One area is in relation to the use of technology and how to keep children safe when using it.

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