Navigating your child's online safety can feel like a minefield. Where do you begin?
If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) you will need to take these into consideration. Better Together wants to help you break down this intimidating virtual world. Angela's practical workshops raise awareness of online safety issues which can affect children of all ages and differing stages of cognitive development. Whether you're a parent, carer, or professional these online safety fundamentals are designed to make you feel empowered and informed.
This experience will be a 3 hour course with scheduled breaks.
The course is based around the acronym 'SPECIFIC'.
S - Supervision: How to supervise your child online, with various options depending on your child's age and cognitive ability
P - Parental Controls: Guidance on where you can get instructions to set up parental controls on a wide variety of platforms and devices your child may use or own
E - Expectations: The online safety 'rules' discussed will not be prescriptive, but will give you some ideas
C - Communication: The who, the what and the when of online safety conversations. Learn how to create safe spaces for conversations using non-verbal methods of communication
I - Intentions: Considering the intentions of other individuals and organisations, and how your child may be misinterpreted
F- Friendships: How to put boundaries in place to protect your child from harmful people online
I - Irony / sarcasm / jokes / lies: Interpreting text - its nuances, inferences, tone, and how these can be misread
C - Creating a child-centred approach: Choose your preferred strategy that will help your child and reflect your parenting style
In week one Angela will begin with a short introduction. Discover what motivated this mum of two and online safety professional to set up Better Together. She will share useful background information, including the benefits and the risks of being online for children with SEND and the ‘SPEC’ half of the acronym.
In week two Angela will cover the remaining ‘IFIC’ half of the acronym followed by a section on how to report inappropriate online behaviour such as bullying, grooming, offensive/harmful content.
Learn from one another and find solidarity in other parents' struggles. With Angela's guidance, leave with more clarity about what's right for you and your child than ever before.
Age restrictions: 18+
This experience will take place at your home.
This will be taking place online on Zoom.
Your Meeting ID and Passcode will be emailed to you.
This will be taking place online on Zoom.
April/May Course: - Tuesday 26th April and 3rd May
May Course: - Thursday 19th and 26th May
June Course: - Wednesday 15th and 22nd June
July Course: - Monday 3rd and 10th July
Angela is Better Together’s founder. Better Together came about when this mum of two combined her IT background with motherhood.
Before having children, Angela achieved a MSc Information Technology and worked at a bank as a financial crime and data analyst. These skills would be invaluable in helping her set up Better Together further down the line.
As a mother, Angela was motivated to do what was best for her children. With modern technology infiltrating most of our lives, she knew building digital resilience was important. Angela attended a few e-safety workshops with this in mind. While they were eye-opening, they didn't offer many pragmatic tools she could put into practice after their workshops. Something was missing.
After months of research, Angela designed her own e-safety action plan and approached her local children's centre to see if they could share her findings with other parents and carers. They agreed. Rather than dictating what they should do, Angela provided various options, so parents could choose whichever suited them. Feedback confirmed Angela hadn't been the only parent struggling to wrap her head around online safety, but parents felt enthused about being able to choose their own unique plan of action.
Soon, Angela was spreading the word to other parents and carers. Things took off from there. Angela has an 'Excellent in Safeguarding' qualification, an Advanced DBS, and has attended a Home Office approved 'PREVENT Awareness Training Course'. She has also achieved an EPICT Licence, an internationally recognised qualification that acknowledges the online safety expertise of professionals working with young people and children.
Ask your question directly to Better Together™ – Online Safety .