Hints & Tips for Parents
• Technology is constantly changing and young people are continually learning – keep up to date on latest developments so you know about the risks.
• Online safety applies to all types of devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers and online gaming
• As technology becomes more portable, set guidelines for where your child could/should use their device
• Treat online safety in the same way as you would offline safety such as stranger danger, crossing the road etc.
• Set up internet security so children can’t access websites with adult and inappropriate content
• Don’t write anything online that you wouldn’t say in person. Comments made on social media and/or public web pages/forums could reflect badly on your child
• Try to establish a system which allows your child to talk to you about anything they feel uncomfortable about online
• Create your own internet/device rules for your household and have your child agree to adhere to them.
• Be aware of age restrictions. Did you know the minimum age for social media is 13 years old.
Things to Discuss with Children
• Where it is acceptable to use your portable device? Bedroom? Lounge?
• Who should you talk to if you feel uncomfortable about something you have seen online? e.g. parent, teacher or other responsible adult
• Don’t spend too long online; make sure you get some physical exercise every day
• Keep passwords safe – don’t write them down and change them regularly
• What personal information is it appropriate to post online?
• How do you report cyber bullying? Take a screen grab of any posts so these can be seen at a later date if needed.
• How do you know the people you are talking to online, are who you think they are?
• What is the difference between a ‘real life’ friend and an ‘online friend’.
• Is it ever sensible to meet up with an online friend?
• Should you tell people online personal information?
Get to know the apps your child could be using
NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/