What can you do to keep them safe?Talk
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. Find out what they enjoy doing online and become involved in their online life. If they know you are supportive, they are more likely to come to you if they have a problem.Understand
Find out which devices allow you to connect to the internet and how. Also, how are they getting online? If it is through a neighbour’s wifi, this might affect your online safety settings.ControlUse parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
They are a handy tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows. https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/Inform
When accessing age appropriate sites, the internet is a fantastic tool for children to use. If they have heard of a new website, check it out first. Have set websites they are allowed to visit and ensure your children are confident in what to do if they are ever unhappy with something online.
Do they know about “Zip it, Block it Flag it?”