- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best and safest websites
- Don’t tell strangers any personal details. These are things like where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or worried about anything you have read or seen online. Even if it is something small or something that makes you think 'uh-oh' - a grown up will always be able to help you out.
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Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online, try and keep internet surfing in one area so that you can all share in the wonderful sites available online. It is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they do not want to see.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It is important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start.
- Social media sites have age restrictions (13 years and up) therefore our children should NOT be on these sites. This is also the case for video games with age restrictions. Please be mindful that they have these restrictions for a reason.