This week is Internet Safety Week and it’s a great time to get to grips with the World Wide Web and how you can keep your little ones safe online.
Use parental settings
Make the most of the options available to you. For example, stop your tablet allowing in-app purchasing and disallow passwords to remain logged in for extended periods of time. This will stop any shocking extras turning up on your monthly bill. In addition, some devices allow you to control the time kids spend playing certain games, or which parts of the game they are allowed to access and at what time. Some kid-friendly tablets can even limit internet access to hand picked websites. It may take some time to set up, but is worth the effort in the long run.
Often websites such as Club Penguin or Moshi Monsters require parental authorisation for a child to be able to play. It’s a good idea at this stage to get to know the site with your child. Check out the different options within the game so you can feel confident your child is safe if they’re using the site or game without your constant supervision.
Talk to your children about the dangers
It’s important to explain to your child why they shouldn’t connect with lots of people, or chat to other players over the internet. Explain that they are strangers and encourage them to talk to you if they’re worried about anything. Look for games that allow them to connect just to their friends who have the same device or set games so they can only play against the computer.
Create a nickname
Your kids might need a real name and email address to sign up to a site but it’s a good idea, where possible, to set up a nickname for how they’ll be seen on screen. This will help protect their identity and discourage them from sharing personal information online.
Don’t break the rules
If a site has an age restriction on it (such as Facebook) then abide by these rules. The content is not appropriate for children of a younger age and by helping your child get around these settings, you’re taking them beyond the protection the site can offer. Find more age-appropriate sites or games to engage your child.
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