Keeping your child happy and safe online during COVID-19
We know that whilst we are closed, parents and carers are having to help their children learn through technology. This can feel overwhelming, so here are some top tips and useful links for keeping your child safe online.
1. Explore together. Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and ask them to teach you!
2. Talk, talk and more talk! Ask them what to do to stay safe online. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.
3. Take responsibility for actions. If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
4. Supervise their online activity. Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult can supervise.
5. Parental controls. Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all internet devices in your home. If you're not sure how to, the links below have lots of easy-to-follow guides.
6. Need more help? If your child needs help and you are not sure what to do, don’t worry. Use the links below to familiarise yourself with the different services that are available.
Here is a link to some online safety activities you could do with your child:
Other Useful links
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ - loads of extra information and downloadable guides
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - check the age ratings and potential dangers for games and apps
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ - practical tips and further information and websites
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides - downloadable guides on apps, games and areas like mental health and screen addiction