Growing Up Online
We live in an ever changing world of technology, social media, apps and gaming. It is very hard to keep up with the fast pace of this every changing world but it is important that we are aware of esaftey.
Parents eSafety tip: Always supervise your child when they are using the web.
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Under 5s checklist
SET some boundaries now – it’s never too early to do things. Set limits for the amount of time they can spend on the computer.
KEEP devices like your mobile out of reach and make sure you have passwords/PINs set up on them for the times you might lend them to your child…or for when they simply get hold of them themselves!
CHECK the age ratings and descriptions on apps, games, online TV and films before downloading them and allowing your son or daughter to play with or watch them. They are age rated to help keep them safe!
EXPLAIN your technology rules to grandparents, babysitters etc so that they also stick to them when they’re looking after your child.
REMEMBER that public Wi-Fi (e.g. in cafes) might not have Parental Controls on it – so, if you hand over your iPad to your child while you’re having a coffee, they might be able to access more than you bargained for!
SET the homepage on your family computer or tablet to an appropriate website like Cbeebies
CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings and make the most of Parental Controls and tools like Google SafeSearch.
AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit and the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their home address)
DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet and playing on games consoles.
KEEP in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles and other devices and agree some rules as a whole family.
TALK to other parents about their views on things like what age to buy kids a mobile and don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use certain technologies if you don’t think they’re old enough or mature enough…no matter how much they pester you.
FAMILIARISE yourself with age ratings and descriptions on games, online TV, films and apps, so that you can be sure your child is only accessing age-appropriate content – this is a good website:
MAKE sure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it.
REMIND your child to keep phones and other devices well hidden when they’re out and about to minimise the risk of theft.
TALK to them about what they post and share online – written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the Web forever.
DISCUSS the kind of things they see online – this is the age when they might be looking for information about their changing bodies and exploring relationships, for example.
HOLD the line on letting your son or daughter sign up for services like Facebook and YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13 – or WhatsApp which has a minimum age limit of 16! Talk to other parents and their school to make sure everyone is on the same page.
REMIND them that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face –WHAT GOES ONLINE STAYS ONLINE!
Children: Before you get going with these sites please read these points regarding online safety.
- Do Not give out your real name
- Do Not give out your address or telephone number
- Do Not give out your photograph
- Do Not give out your school name
- Do Not give out your email address or any passwords