How to keep your child safe online
In today’s digital age, online safety for children is more important than ever. Childnet highlight three ways parents can support their children as they navigate the Internet.
Talk regularly with your children about their digital life. Perhaps you can begin by discussing what they love about technology? Starting off on a positive note can give you the ideal platform to ask them about how they keep themselves safe online and what they would do if they came across something worrying.
Enjoying experiencing the Internet together. This will give you the opportunity to model good behaviour and provide in-the-moment advice and support – while also showing children the power of technology too. Who knows, you may even discover a hidden talent for online gaming!
While you don’t need to be a tech expert, you do need to be curious about the apps and services your children use. Do some research so you are aware of the risks, how the apps are used and what safety tools they have available.
There are a range of parental control tools offered for free by internet and mobile providers and other devices which can help manage risks such as inappropriate content.
You could start out by asking your children to share their top tips or show you around their favourite app or game.
While we may do everything we can to protect and empower children to avoid any online risks, there may be times when they need your help and support if something has gone wrong.
Your child might be embarrassed to discuss the issue they are facing so reassure them that they can turn to you no matter what. Children can be worried about getting into trouble (or having their tech taken away) so it can help to reiterate this on a regular basis.
Children are using technology at increasingly young ages – even as toddlers. We recommend that parents and carers talk to them about staying safe online as soon as they start using technology. A simple message is to encourage them to tell you if anything worries them online. This way you can establish an open and supportive relationship right from the beginning of their digital life.
Visit the Childnet websites for help on conversation starters, advice about key risks, and guides to popular social media apps and how to set up parental controls. Plus lots of fun resources to share with your children.