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Kaz, a mum of four,
reinforces how important
it is to talk frankly to your
children about the risks of
Her eldest daughter
started secondary school
back in 2007, when web
chat was all about Bebo
and MSN Messenger.
With her next two kids
it was a bit different, as
they were playing mainly
online games, rather than
using social media.
Now, with her three-yearold, it's changed again - he
loves watching toy review
videos on YouTube. 'What
I've learned from looking
years from 53% to 43%. The idea of the
static home computer is potentially
becoming outdated and the use of
tablets and mobile devices is increasing.
Here are some simple tips you can use
to help keep your child safe online:
26% of children
aged six to 16 are
using the internet
for social media;
the App Store
looking at advice sites
such as Internet Matters is
that it's important to look
at each programme or
website my children use
and add the appropriate
controls,' Kaz says.
'We have all spoken at
length about the dangers
of being online. Talking
means I can help them be
aware of the risks, but also
encourage them to enjoy
their use of social media
and the internet.
'The main tip I would
share with parents is to
keep communication open.
Talk and, more importantly,
listen to your children.'
Control app downloads and purchases
Make games consoles safe and secure
with passwords or by refusing access to
online co-operative gaming
SafeSearch settings can be activated
SET UP SAFE INTERNET
CHECK THEY KNOW THE
RULES FOR BEING ONLINE
Be sensitive and encourage
them when they share their
If your child talks about an
issue with you, stay calm and
listen to what they say without
Be clear about what your child
can and can't do online, where
they use the internet and how
much time they can spend on it
Use safe search engines such
The age ratings that come
with games, apps, films, and
social networks are a good
guide to whether it is suitable
for your child.
Don't share personal information such
as phone numbers or email addresses
Only talk to people on social sites if
they are friends or family in real life
Remember that people may not be
who they say they are
Be a good digital citizen - in other
words, teach your children how to treat
people nicely and as they would if they
were interacting face-to-face.
inevitable challenge of
ensuring their safety.
So parents should be
the internet for
thinking about online
safety from the minute
their child starts using
a tablet or smartphone.
It's important to help them learn
GET A HANDLE ON
healthy concepts of digital use and
citizenship, and parents play an
If using a smartphone, check 'adult bar'
important role in teaching these skills.
is set, preventing access to adult sites
Make use of the parental controls
on your broadband and any internetWorryingly, the number of parents who
enabled devices throughout the home
say they are always present to supervise
If your child is using social networking
their six-year-old child when they are
sites and apps, get up to speed on how
online has gone down in the past three
you can manage their privacy settings
Internet Matters offers simple, easy
and practical advice on this topic, as
well as step-by-step guidance on how
to keep your child safe online.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Vi s i t in t er n et m at t e r s.o r g
*Research of 1,500 parents of children using the
internet between the ages of six and 16 in 2013 and
September 2016, carried out by Opinion Leader.