Online Safety for Parents & Kids

Online Safety for Parents & Kids

Tips and advice for keeping your kids safe online.

When it comes to the internet, it’s a big world out there, which can be both good and bad. As parents, the safety of our kids is number one, but what if there are hidden dangers in the palm of their hands? One moment, they could be playing their favourite Squishmallow games, the next, they’re just a click away from something unsafe.

With the right things in place, the internet can be a great experience for kids of all ages and a safe place to play. To keep it that way, here are some of our top tips…

 

Parental Controls

More than nine in ten parents of 5-15s who use parental control software consider it useful, which is no surprise. Speak to your broadband provider about parental controls and privacy settings, which help to restrict access to certain websites and types of content online. PS: You can find all the info you need on internetmatters.org

If your child’s device connects to 4G or public wifi (without parental controls) you can download apps like KidzSearch or AppLock to keep them safe on the move. Oh! And always, always know your child’s device passwords.

 

The Internet Safety Check-In

Understanding is the key to internet safety - both for parents and kids. Every now and then, have a family discussion about online safety and let your kids know that they can come to you when they see something that’s not right, no matter what.

But, what’s not right? This can be the tricky part - think about what your kids could come across and make a list of what’s right and what’s wrong. Speak to other parents and keep an ear out for potential dangers (eg: Momo challenge) that your little one could come across. From there, let them know what to do if they ever see anything that’s not right.

 

Parent Approved

Even with apps like YouTube kids, there’s unfortunately, no guarantee that dangerous content won’t find its way into what your kids are seeing. The only way to make sure it doesn’t? Watch or explore for yourself.

Once you know it’s safe, you can create personalised ‘playlists’ or ‘channels’ - or even an entire ‘world wide web’ of their own (eg: build them a website of approved content on a free service like Squarespace). This way, there are no nasty surprises.

 

What are your top tips for online safety?

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