Keep Your Children Safe Online

The need for parents to talk to their children about internet safety is more important than ever, with so many children now well-versed in using tablets and smartphones.

In many cases, by the time they are teenagers they may know more about online apps, games, social media networks and downloads than you do – but they may not be savvy enough to know how to protect themselves from online threats.

So it’s vital to educate children in the skills needed to respond to online situations they may encounter such as cyberbullying, sexting, phishing and inappropriate content or communication.

When children are online, they could easily be persuaded to share personal information that can lead to identity theft and worse.  It’s key that adults ensure we promote safe, responsible use of the internet by children and young people, and protect them from illegal and harmful content and conduct online.

UK Safer Internet Centre’s research reveals that 4 in 5 young people witnessed online hate targeting a specific group in the last year which is why they are campaigning with Safer Internet week.

Although more than two-thirds of parents say that they have spoken to their children about at least one key internet safety issue, only one in five say that they have spoken to their children about how to report something online.

Some tips for parents to prevent that happening:

  • -Teach children and young people never to provide personal information online

  • -Drill into them: ‘If in doubt, don’t click’.

  • -Make sure they use strong passwords and not always the same one

  • -Install security software such as firewalls, antivirus programs and privacy filtration software.

  • -Review the privacy settings of social media accounts they use

If you are not sure how well you are doing, you can take part in the Safer Internet quiz to find out.

  To find out more, check out Get Safe Online’s guide on safeguarding children online. Experian also has a guide on how to protect yourself and your family while social networking online. Sponsor: Norton by Symantec, helping keep children safe online image source