Be involved in your child’s online life
As much as you are involved in what they do day to day, talk to them about what they do online, if they know you are interested and understand they are more likely to approach you if they need help or support.
Go online yourself to learn more about keeping your child safe
An excellent website commonly used in schools for advice and strategies is
Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using
It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world
Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to continue to discuss boundaries so that they evolve as your child’s use of technology does.
Know what connects to the internet and how
Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Your child will use all sorts of devices and gadgets; make sure you’re aware of which ones can connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection or a neighbour’s Wifi? This will affect whether your safety settings are being applied.
Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet
... Such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.
Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are
Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are. Make sure your child understands that they should never meet up with anyone they only know online without taking a trusted adult with them.
Know what to do if something goes wrong
Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Therefore, it is important to know when and how to report any problem