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Tips to protect your child in the digital world

Published date: November 2019

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In these days, children start using the Internet at early ages and going online and watching TV are part of their daily lives.

It’s crucial that they have access to these webpages that don’t bring them unsuitable content and Ofcom recommends you follow some steps to protect your children from the potential dangers.

 

Set up PINs on your TV service

Their research shows parents are concerned about what their children do and see on the media they use. Ofcom advises to contact your TV service provider or TV manufacturer. 

Keep an eye on social media sites

Many social media sites have minimum age requirements for use. For example, for Facebook and Whatsapp it’s 13. Ofcom recommends checking the minimum age requirements and consider whether you’re happy for them to access the type of content available through them. You can find more information about the social networks on NetAware, the NSPCC’s guide to social media sites.

Think about controls or settings on your devices

You can set up content filters to help prevent your child from seeing unsuitable content online. This can be parental control software set up on a particular device, or network-level filters offered by your internet service provider, which protect all the devices that use the home broadband service. For more information see Internet Matter’s guide to parental controls.

There are other controls and settings you can apply on the devices your children use. To find out about how to apply safety measures to devices see the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Parent’s Guide to Technology.

Talk to your children about staying safe online

If you are aware of their skill level with technology, you will be better able to show them how to be safe online.

Even if you try all you can to keep your child’s safety in place, children my still be able to access content you would prefer them not to see. Ofcom encourage to talk to your children about what they do online and what to do if they see something that they find upsetting. Visit Childnet’s conversation starters for tips and ideas. 

 

Be aware of cyber-bullying

Understanding the dangers of cyber-bullying will also help you keep your child safe online. There’s help and support available at: 

*Bullying UK www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/, tel: 0808 800 2222
*ChildLine http://www.childline.org.uk/, tel: 0800 1111; and

*Childnet International https://www.childnet.com/, tel: 020 7639 6967.

 


The site Digital Guardian provides a few ways to help keep your kids safe online:

  • Install a reputable anti-virus solution to make sure that your computer is clear of common viruses and malware.
  • Teach them the basics and encourage them to ask you any questions they might have.

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