Keeping children safe online can seem quite daunting so it is important that parents understand the variety of things children can come across through various different technologies. You don’t need to know everything about technology but it’s vital you do take an interest in what your children are doing online and talk to them about some simple ways they can still have fun, whilst staying safe when they are doing it.
The following are simple suggestions to get you started:
- Many games now allow you to play with strangers and friends from all over the world – Who are they playing with? Friends from school or online friends? Do they understand the difference?
- Come up with a list together of things that they can share about themselves online and things which they shouldn’t share.
- Get them to show you the things they enjoy online. Ask them if they can block people who are horrible and get them to show you how – blocking is a vital digital skill.
- Remember that technology can be used in a positive and a negative way and sometimes things can go wrong. Try to be open with technology and encourage your children to be too. If other people are causing upset or if something does go wrong, it is important that they can talk to someone about it.
Top Tips for Children
- Always remember that people you don’t know are strangers – they may not be who they say they are
- Keep personal information private – don’t give away your secrets
- Always be nice online – block and report people who are mean
- Always tell an adult if you are worried or scared
- Never tell anyone your password. Always treat your password like your toothbrush – you’d never share it with your friends!