Parents are our first teachers. They are uniquely placed to respond to individual needs; they are powerful example setters and so should be viewed as key players in teaching and learning. This has never been more the case than with online (e-safety) education.
Many parents and the proportion will only rise, are already experienced users of social media and social networking. Facebook, quickly followed by MySpace and BeBo burst on to the cyber scene in 2004. Many of your pupils’ parents were young adults then, and they were the eager and naïve early adopters of social networking. Many of these parents have gone on to use Flickr, Twitter, Four Square Instagram… Most without incident or indeed a huge amount of e-safety guidance or education. And, of course, there are also many parents of school-aged children who are older and it all passed them by. Or they didn’t get on board the social media bandwagon for social or cultural reasons.