Top 10 tips to help your children keep safe online:
- When buying a computer, install software that can filter inappropriate material and allows you to monitor what your children are doing online.
- Place the computer where you can always see the screen.
- Encourage offline activity – playing with their friends, family activities, hobbies.
- If they’re signing up for email, chat or on a website, get them to use a nickname and make sure that it’s one that does not identify their year/date of birth, or have sexual connotations.
- Teach them not to give out personal information about themselves, family or friends.
- Clarify the definition of “friends”. “Friends” online are not the same as friends they have met face-to-face.
- Be open – take an interest in their Internet use and talk to them about what they’ve seen.
- Educate your children to use the Internet wisely. Encourage them to question whether the information they are receiving from people is true.
- Let them know that they can tell you if they become uncomfortable with anything that happens on the Internet and acknowledge that it may be difficult for them to do this.
- Ensure that your children understand the danger of meeting up with someone they have only met online whether that person says they are a man, woman or child and that they should never go on their own.
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