How your child can stay safe online

Safer Internet Day is a time to acknowledge ways in which we can keep our children safe online and provide a secure space for them to play and learn. As our children are spending more time online, parents want to ensure that they are protected. 

We have put together a list of things to look out for when your children are online. 

Check your settings

There are plenty of security settings and parental controls that you can install onto your computer and devices, such as location tracking and screen time restrictions. Have a chat with your child to advise why you use these and what they can expect while they are online. The NSPCC provides instructions on how to set up parental controls on your devices

Talk 

Have a conversation about who they will be interacting with online. If they are learning at home, be sure that they are logged into the site with their teacher when you are present. Remind them not to share any personal details online and to come to you if they come across something inappropriate.

Camera

Be sure to set up the camera for your child during online learning so that they can interact with the teacher and/or group sessions. Allow them to have the option if they want to turn off the use of the camera and ensure it is switched off correctly once the lesson is completed. 

Personal Information

Remind your child not to share any personal information online, such as locations or photographs. Advise them to come to you if they are asked to share any details that they are uncomfortable with.

Reduce time on social media

Social media is a great way to connect with family and friends remotely however, it can impact young people’s wellbeing, mental health and self-esteem. If social media is having a negative effect on your child’s emotions, find out why they are feeling this way and limit the time they spend on the apps. If your child is struggling with their mental health, Mind has put together some tips on looking after your wellbeing for young people

Downloads

Be sure to check out any apps or downloads that the children are using for work or interactive learning. It may be worth checking with the teacher that these are vetted. 

Resources

For more information about Safer Internet Day and how you can keep your child safe online take a look at these online resources.