It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on online games and video apps, WE'VE PUT TOGETHER SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION TO help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
Useful e-safety guidelines to discuss with your child:
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child
- Create a family agreement to establish your children's boundaries and your expectations
- Give your child strategies to deal with any online content that they are not comfortable with
- Consider using filtering software to block unwanted content
- Explain the dangers of posting content and the trail that can be left behind
- Understand the law by familiarising yourself with the age ratings for games and apps
- Familiarise yourself with the privacy settings and reporting features
- Set up a family email address that your children can use when signing up to new games and website online
- Encourage them never to divulge any personal information such as age, address or contact details to anyone online
- Encourage your children to use nicknames (where possible) instead of their full name online and create strong passwords for every account.
- Younger children (under 13) should not use social networking sites such as Facebook and they will delete any accounts that are reported to them.
- Encourage your children to think carefully about any information, especially pictures that they post on their profile.
- Help your child understand that some people lie about themselves on line.