Protecting & Safeguarding Children Online

Keeping your child safe online  

1. Talk with your child about what they are doing online

Getting a picture of what sites or apps your child uses is very important because it can help you to talk about responsible internet use.

2. Create a culture of safe internet use within your home

Help your child to develop ‘netiquette’; that is, the dos and don’ts of online communication.

Speaking about what information they are sharing online, how they are treating others, and what they do if they see someone being treated in a nasty or inappropriate way online, are all important to help your child to become a responsible internet user.

3. Upskill yourself

Research the sites, apps or games your child is using so you can be sure they’re appropriate and talk to them about how to use them safely. Barnardos distributes a ‘Guide for safe internet use: advice for parents’ leaflet when we deliver our internet safety and cyberbullying workshops. Use parental control settings on computers and phones

Computers and most smart phones come with parental control settings that can limit what users can do, install, browse and access from the internet.

4. Enable privacy settings on apps or sites like Facebook and Instagram

This places limits on who can see your photos, videos or information.

5. Turn off location services

Switching off location sharing stops apps from tracking your location. These are usually found in the ‘privacy’ or ‘settings’ section of your phone.

Safety settings (which include parental controls, privacy settings, location settings and so on) change on different devices (when we say ‘devices’ we mean things like laptops, tablets, PCs, smart phones and games consoles), or versions of the device.

Ask for advice when you buy the device

Developing digital citizens  

Teach your children the dos and don’ts of online communication:

It is important your child understands the how to keep their information private and how to behave online. Barnardos have summed up the main points in our ‘STAR’ poster:

      • Safe. Be safe online.
      • Treat others kindly. Treat people as they would like to be treated.
      • Ask for help. Tell a trusted adult (parent, teacher, etc.). Do not keep it to themselves.
      • Reach out. Do something if they see someone being treated unkindly.

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