Online Safety – Spot & reduce the risks!
- Talk together, share experiences and have fun learning together.
- Involve everyone in discussing & agreeing your family guidelines and rules. Remember that sometimes what is acceptable for a 15 yr old child is not appropriate for an 8 yr old.
- Know which apps your children are using.
Check them out on net-aware.org.uk Don’t allow all apps.
- Know WHO they are communicating with (friends / followers). Predict where the risks may be. Communication is the key to Safety.
- Make sure the computer games your children play are age appropriate (PEGI)
- Ask your Internet provider for a service that filters out inappropriate sites (eg: pornography / race hate / extreme violence etc)
- Delay buying your children a smart phone until they’re in their teens. If they do have a phone, ensure you modify parent controls. internetmatters.org.uk
- Don’t let children hide away in their bedroom with webcams, tablets, laptops, games consoles etc. Insist they are in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children are doing.
- Discuss with your children information and images they share. Ensure they understand why they should be cautious not to share images & other personal details (eg:, location, real name, address, mobile number, email, school etc) If they want to subscribe to an online service then make up a family email address to receive the mail.
- Help your children develop a critical and sceptical attitude towards information, messages, adverts and communications.
- If you allow your children to use social media (e.g. Facebook /Instagram / snapchat), check the privacy settings with them and set them to “Friends / Followers only” which allows you restrict posts / photos etc, to be seen only by people you
- Insist that your children agree to discuss with you first, if they are asked to meet up with some they’ve met online.
- Monitor & restrict the time your children spend online to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Encourage activities away from technology! Using screens before bed time can badly affect sleep.
- Encourage your children, and all family members, to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
- Create a set of family guidelines that all the family follow and agree what will happen if they are not followed.