Keeping your family safe online – it’s never too soon to put things in place to keep children and young people safe online. Here are our top tips on online safety:
What devices do your children access?
This step by step guide will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, gadgets, apps, and sites they use to give them a safer online experience:
Checklist: Set up your child’s tech devices with right safety settings - Internet Matters
Do your children use search engines?
Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child is exposed to whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage (often shaped like a small cog). Your child can also use child friendly search engines such as KidRex, Kiddle and Swiggle
Do your children or teenagers use social media?
There are so many apps out there, it’s hard to stay on top of it. Before a new app is used by your child, check out how safe it is here: Apps, games and social media sites reviews for parents (net-aware.org.uk)
Online gaming – know what is safe
Do your children take part in online gaming
All games have an age certificate, and they are not suitable for children younger than the recommended age. This video helps you understand online gaming, the good bits, the risk, and how to keep your children safe.
Report your concerns
If you are concerned that a child or young person is at risk or experiencing online abuse:
Other useful links
Find out here about the support available for you and your family.