Five Steps to Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Step 1 - Talk To Your Child
If you are unsure just how all this technology works, get your kids to show you! Talk to them about what they do online, why they find it so exciting and what they use it for. This is a great time to explore online with your child.
Step 2 - Start By Being Safe
Talk to your child about the importance of being responsible and safe online.
Take a look at the history button and links on your web browser. Talk to your children about what they see and do.
Remember this is about parenting, not about knowing the ins and outs of various technologies.
Useful Links -
Ofcom's guide to manage your child's access to digital TV and Internet Content
Step 3 - Set The Ground Rules
Make sure your family has some clear ground rules when using the internet. Set boundaries and time limits and encourage good behaviour online – for example:
No sharing of personal information
No arranging to meet strangers.
Useful Links -
Information for Parents on Internet Safety
Know It All for Parents
Your Child's Health and Safety
Step 4 - Guard Private Information
Keep your family information private. Think before you share personal information online and explain why it’s important to be cautious. Remember that once something goes public, it can be very difficult to undo.
Step 5 - Report Abuse
You need to be ready to act if your child feels uncomfortable with anything they experience online. Let them know they can tell you, or another trusted adult, if they are having a problem.
Ensure they know:
How to use the 'report abuse' button on the sites they visit
How to block Unwanted Messages
What to do if they discover a site that makes them feel uncomfortable
You can report abuse via the Think You Know website