While we are indoors and keeping our children safe from the Covid-19 pandemic , are we making sure we keep our children safe from the dangers that face them online?
Children face a number of dangerous situations while using the internet. They can be exposed to cyberbullying , inappropriate sexual content and fake news. This is what you can do to protect their mind and their life.
- Ensure that your child does not have a screen available to them in their room. Computers , tablets , iPads , laptops and cell phones should only be used in common areas of your home such as the lounge , kitchen and dinning room.
- Review your rules regarding social media. Children should only be allowed to have social media accounts once they reach a certain age. The general guide line is that kids should be 13 years and older before they create an account. This guide line differs for different platforms. You might want to consider only allowing older kids to have Snapchat.
- Befriend your child on all social media accounts ( Instagram, Facebook , Twitter , Houseparty , Snapchat , TikTok etc.) and on all their handles for each account as some kids have more than one account on each platform.
- Use parental controls. This will allow you to restrict what they see. Click this link and scroll down to the middle of the post to see how you can set up parental controls by operating software type (iOS , Windows etc.) https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/keep-children-safe-online/
- Set screen-time limits for your children. These limits should be carefully considered for each child based on their age and interests (If your child is an avid programmer , you might increase their screen time). Screen Limits can be set on the device itself. Screen-time also allows you to see how much time your child spends on each app.
- Make your children aware of legislation around social media. For example , sending revealing pictures of one self can land both the sender and the receiver into trouble with the law as it can be seen as engaging with child pornography.
- Lastly , look out for changes in behaviour in your children. This could indicate cyber bulling or even something more server has taken place and that your child might need your comfort and support.
While it is important to keep a strict hand over what your child sees and does on the internet , try to have a genuine interest in what they do and approach this topic from a point of relationship building rather than control. This will help keep the conversations open and everyone happy.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on how to keep your child safe online , what to do if you have found out that your child is involved in anything they should not be doing and if you just need help getting started in this area.
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