We live in a digital age and the internet can be easily accessed from a range of devices such as mobile phones, computers, tablets and through games consoles. This section has some links and advice to help families use the internet in a positive way whilst being aware of risks and using measures to keep safe and secure online.
Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who may want to harm them
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
Conduct: sharing too much information or spending too much time online
Commercialism: being unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
Use computers and mobile devices in a shared areas
Have ongoing conversations with children about staying safe
Use safety tools on social networks and online services
Use parental controls on your home internet
Understand the devices and the parental controls
Social media sites are constantly changing their settings and privacy policies and new sites are developing all the time. Discuss which ones your children are using and set up controls and settings together and decide how to use these in a safe way.
There are a huge number of ever growing sites, chat rooms, games, email and mobile apps that incorporate social media and may be a safety issue for young people. Particular care should be taken to protect personal details and avoiding from unwanted contact or inappropriate material.