Here are a few tips and resources to help you guide your children and help you keep up to date in a digital world.
Top Tips For Parents/guardians
- Know WHO your child is talking to, WHAT they’re doing, and WHERE they’re going online
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
- Check the sites that they are visiting and be aware of what the site allows ie: chatting to other users online
- Use safety tools like privacy settings on social networks and other online services
- Use the parental controls on your home internet
- Discuss together and create boundaries and rules for the amount of time your child can spend online
- Share your technology rules with grandparents, babysitters and older siblings
Together we can help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Engaging with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home will also help. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online.
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
Here are a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too…