Parents and Carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know that it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online.
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg. Facebook privacy settings.
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet.
4. Understand devices and the parental tools they offer in 'Parents' Guide to Technology'.
What are the key online risks? (Safer Internet UK)
Contact: Children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them.
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children.
Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information.
Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites.