Top tips for keeping children safe online.
*Have conversations about online safety little and often and build it into conversations.
*Make the use of the internet a family activity. eg. Move gaming devices into the family room.
*Agree beforehand how they will respond to requests from people they don’t know.
*Watch vlogs and live streams with younger children to make sure they are age appropriate and encourage older children to evaluate what they have seen to make sure it has had a positive impact on them.
*Check age ratings on games, videos and social media.
*Use tools to help them manage what they see and share e.g. parental controls, content lock, turn off geo location on devices.
*Adjust parental controls to suit your child’s age and maturity.
*Stay engaged with what they do online and with whom.
*Ask questions about what your child does online, such as what sites are they on and who they are speaking.
*Set boundaries for how long your child can spend online and what they can do.
*Remember to share online rules with babysitters and other family members.
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