Be a Switched On Parent

Make this summer a safe one for your children online.

Posted on 2 July 2018

Summer’s here: a great time for your children to enjoy more time with you and maybe head off for a family holiday. However, the long days home from school also mean that they will probably be spending more time online … whether it’s on social media, playing games or watching videos. You want your children to be sociable and inquisitive, but above all, to be safe.

How long are they spending online? What content are they looking at? Who are they talking to? These days, it’s just as vital to make sure children are safe online as in the street or the park.

We’ve teamed up with Get Safe Online to help you protect your children online:-

  • Talk regularly with your children about their and your online lives.
  • Set boundaries and rules from a young age, including how much time they can spend online for a healthy balance.
  • Use parental control software and apps on computers, mobile devices and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and the safety options on search engines. Opt into your Internet Service Provider’s family filters.
  • Tell your children that not everybody they meet online is who they appear to be, whether they’re on social media, chatrooms, games or YouTube.
  • Check lower age limits of social networking and picture sharing sites and make sure your children aren’t using age-inappropriate sites, apps or games.
  • Keep yourself up to date with new game ‘fads’, especially those with negative publicity because they may be violent, encourage gambling or leave the way open for grooming.
  • Be aware of the rise in children’s live streaming of themselves and the dangers associated with it.
  • Talk to your children about online safety basics, such as not clicking on random links or attachments, good password practice, not turning off internet security programs/apps and firewalls and not revealing personal information, such as their address, current location or private images.

For more information, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safekids, where you can find comprehensive, expert, easy-to-follow advice.

Other useful websites include:-
NSPCC
Parent Zone
Internet Matters
Think You Know