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Keeping Children Safe Online

When children are young it is the best time to start to teach them about how to keep themselves safe online and how to have a healthy relationship with technology.


Many children have access to the internet in their homes through mobile phones, tablets and games. Ofcom’s Media Use (2020 report) report has found that 19% of 3-4 year olds have their own tablet, 52% of 3-4 year olds go online for an average of 9 hours a week and 45% use youtube.

 

SO, WHAT ONLINE RISKS MIGHT CHILDREN BE EXPOSED TO?

  • Things they see which could be harmful or inappropriate

  • Inadvertently giving apps or websites permission to share their location or other personal information

  • Spending real money via in-app or in-game purchases

  • Sending images or information to people on the devise’s contact list

  • A stranger communicating with them and giving risk to online abuse

  • Children spending too much time using screens and missing out on play and adult interaction.

  • Family members demonstrating unhealthy behaviours or too much usage when using screens.

 

HOW TO MINIMISE RISK?

  • Initiate conversations about online safety

  • Supervise your child when using a devise

  • Co-viewing programmes with your child to help them understand what they are seeing

  • Talk to your child about how to stay safe online i.e. If they are worried about something they’ve seen, let them know they can come to you

  • Use child safety search engines like Kiddle visual search engine (kids google) and youtube Kids

  • Check parental and privacy settings on each devise– ensuring safety modes, passwords and filters are applied and check regularly

  • Be aware that turning on filter settings can sometimes give a false sense of security

  • Turn off location settings

  • Ensure safety features on your internet is applied (see info below)

  • Set up controls that turn the internet off and on at certain times of the day

 

PROMOTE A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

  • Give a healthy time frame for media or online usage (1 hr max. for children under 5)

  • Enjoy screen free meal times together

  • Watch high quality TV programmes (TV isn't advised for children under 2)

  • Role model to your child screen free time and healthy usage at home


HOW TO SET UP HOME INTERNET FILTERS


PARENT GUIDES

  • Parent Guide NSPCC:

  • Parent Advice from CEOP Education:

CEOP Education have given lots of really useful information about the dark web, nude selfies, viral scares, parent privacy setting guides, end to end encryption,


FREE ONLINE SAFETY RESOURCES


STORY BOOKS

·       Clickin Chicken

·       Troll Stinks

·       Online Safety by Sarah L Schuette





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