Information about keeping your child safe online:
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore they do not always know who they are talking to
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if needed.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
- Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, e-mail address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends.
- If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
- It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- monitor what your child is doing online by looking regularly at their phone, tablet or other electronic devices
With technology changing constantly, it can be hard to keep up with every new app and website. To help with this, ParentZone have developed a series of 'parent guides' which explain a range of apps and websites, their benefits and the potential risks around them.