Children love going online for lots of reasons – chatting with friends, learning new things, having fun. Whatever your child enjoys doing online, you can help them stay safer by focusing on 3 key areas:
- Chatting and friending
Technology and the internet provide lots of opportunities for children to view content, but it is important to remember it’s a public and open place, one where anybody can post and share things. Unfortunately, it can be easy for children to come across inappropriate, sexual or violent content online.
Use privacy and security settings
Most apps, sites and games (but not all) include privacy and security settings that allow you to control what content can be seen. Tools such as parental controls and filters can also help you to manage younger children’s online activities and what they are exposed to.
Consider the age ratings
It’s also a good idea to look up the age ratings or minimum age of use. Younger children are more likely to come across inappropriate content if they are using apps, sites and games designed for older children, or without a PEGI rating. If watching videos online is something your child loves to do, read our guide to viewing videos online for more advice.
Have regular ongoing conversations
Remember, the most important thing you can do is to have open and ongoing conversations with your child about what they see online. Make sure they know what to do and encourage them to talk to an adult if they see anything online that upsets them.
See our articles 'I'm worried my primary aged child might see something inappropriate online' or Teens and the sexual content on social media for more information and advice.