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Internet safety

Children spend a lot of time on the internet and it can enable them to learn, communicate and be creative. However being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be difficult.  

Child using a computer

You may sometimes feel that your children know more about technology than you do, however they still need advice and protection when it comes to technology and online safety.

Talking to your child is the best way of keeping them safe.

Tips for internet safety

  • Have the conversation early

  • Explore online together
  • Know who your child is talking to
  • Set rules and agree boundaries
  • Make sure the content is age appropriate
  • Use parental controls to filter, monitor, restrict and report content
  • Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools.

 

The Share Aware campaign links are very informative in helping you understand more about the digital universe of your children and how to help keep them safe.

The NSPCC recently launched their 'Share Aware' campaign with the video 'I Saw Your Willy'. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers of children aged 8-12 to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.There is a lot of useful information available on this site which is also relevant to secondary school age children.