The internet can be a dangerous place. Especially for young vulnerable children, who don’t yet know these dangers.

Click below and read through our Internet safety tips you, as a parent, carer or guardian, can enforce to

Mobile Phones

 

  1. Set up emergency contact details. It’s quick and easy
  2. Use your phone’s medical details settings. From blood group to allergies to health records, make it easy for info to be available in the event of an emergency
  3. Use GPS tracking to your advantage – enable the Findmyfriends app on both your phone and your child’s phone so that you can view your child’s location at any time, and vice versa
  4. Stay safe though – disable location settings for all other apps, email clients, social media. You want to be able to view each others’ locations without anyone else seeing
  5. For total security, you can monitor your child’s phone with a software program like My Mobile Watchdog. This parental control system allows you to see every activity on your child’s phone. Warning… this may provoke trust issues!

 

Social Media

 

  1. The age restriction for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and most other social networks is 13. It’s there for a reason
  2. Connect with your children online. Being able to view their profile will help to keep them safe and prevent cyberbullying
  3. Enable Snapchat Ghost mode- select who can see your child’s location. Ensure that parents, family members can view your child’s location but nobody else
  4. Set up privacy settings on your child’s account. This way, you can restrict who can see what your child posts and who can comment
  5. Encourage them to only add friends who they know in real life
  6. Use nicknames that don’t reveal age, location or gender
  7. Never allow your child to meet up with someone they met online. If you ever do, go with them
  8. Be a good example of how to use social media. Put your pone away when you’re with your child, driving or at the table

 

Internet Usage

 

  1. Keep the computer in a common area of your home
  2. Set rules and guidelines and discuss why these are necessary
  3. Under the new GDPR rules, protecting the personal data of children is a priority. Companies are not allowed to gather personal data from children under 16 without asking for consent from a parent or guardian. Talk to your child about this
  4. Encourage the use of strong passwords and an online password management tool
  5. Don’t click links from people you don’t know – whether on a website, email or social media
  6. Online shopping is quick and convenient but card details can be stolen. Make sure that your credit or debit card is requested for a purchase and the details are not saved
  7. Don’t download anything that claims to be ‘free’ unless you are 100% sure it is safe. Encourage your child to ask permission before downloading anything as it may be malware or a virus, or could even be asking for personal data
  8. For total security and/ or if you have trust issues, you can use filtering software such as Net Nanny and PureSight PC which let you monitor social media sites, block chats, filter content and much more

 

Emails

 

  1. Educate your child – don’t open emails from people you don’t know
  2. Don’t open anything from banks, credit card companies or financial institutions
  3. Make sure your antivirus is up to date and your firewall security settings are rigorous

 

Final Tips

 

It’s important to talk to your child about internet safety and why you are setting up their devices. They need to trust that you are not spying on them, but there are real dangers and consequences involved with the digital world. Guidelines, or rules need to be set and tell them that the settings have been optimised to keep them safe. Discuss the fact that people aren’t always who they say they are online.

 

Remind your child that the mobile phone, tablet, computer and WiFi is owned and paid for by you. Rules and guidelines must be respected and observed – including the screen-time rule.

 

Ensure your anti-virus is up to date, so if any malware links are clicked your computer can recover.

 

Finally, teach kids about online reputation. Many children don’t understand the permanence of the online world. Stress to them what a digital footprint is and the impact inappropriate messages or images could have if a future employer were to stumble upon them.

 

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