The internet is a remarkable invention. It allows us to instantly access information and stay connected with friends and family all over the world. However, many parents worry about their children’s safety whilst being online.
It is important to discuss online dangers with your child before they have access to the internet at home. Make them aware of the different risks and how they can stay safe.
Here are some helpful tips from an independent girl’s school in London on teaching your child about internet safety…
Knowing the risks
The best place to start is learning about Internet safety. There are lots of helpful online resources that cover topics from cyberbullying to privacy settings. If you require further advice on internet safety, your child’s school may also be able to help. Look at the websites or games your child wants to use before they do to ensure the content is suitable.
Talking to your child
How much you disclose to your child about online dangers depends on their age and maturity. Explain that talking to strangers online isn’t safe and sometimes people aren’t who they say they are. Advise your child to never accept friend requests from people they don’t know. It is also critical to teach your child never to meet any strangers they have spoken to online.
Setting up parental controls
Keep an eye on the social networks, chat rooms or games that your child uses and ensure that you have the right parental controls in place. Some online games have the option to switch off the ‘chat’ function so that your child can enjoy the game without making contact with others.
Establishing online rules
Establish a set of rules for your child to follow when they are online. For instance, tell your child which websites and apps are off limits and which ones they are allowed to use. They should also be aware of how long they’re allowed to use their phones and other devices for before turning them off. Other rules include things like never respond to threatening messages and never share personal information online.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.