Online Safety Tips for Parents / Carers


Online Safety Best Practice                                                         for Parents


‘Wherever you child goes online so should you……….’

These guidelines can be used by parents wanting to protect their child from the many online dangers that can exist. Children vary from being the most vulnerable child to the most resilient. Understanding where your child sits on the Spectrum of Vulnerability is the first step to knowing the level of protection required.

These are guidelines and designed for parents to use when required.

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Online Safety is Predominantly about Behaving Appropriately

But Technology can Assist
1.  Get Involved – Use same Apps / Social Media / Games – Talk Personal
2.  Adhere to Age Restrictions ……if & where possible…… Personal
3.  Check Contacts & Friends & Opponents Personal
4.  Be part of Closed Groups (Clash of Clans / WhatsApp / Fifa etc Personal
5.  Cover Up Webcam when not Using Personal
6.  Don’t use File Sharing Streaming of Videos (eg Putlocker) Personal
7.  Use Social Media Positively – Twitter / LinkedIn / Blogging Personal
8.  Speak to Schools about Policies & Awareness THIS IS TEAMWORK Personal
9.  Use Family Sharing (Ipads / Iphone) Family Link (Android) (Settings) Practical
10. Switch off Sync on Android Phones / Tablets (Settings) Practical
11. Use Location Settings when required Practical
12. Switch Off Location Settings on Childs / Young Adults Phones (Settings) Practical
13. Test App games by switching off WiFi & Mobile Data (Settings) Practical
14. Restrict Device WiFi Access via Modem Practical
15. Use filters to restrict access (Parental Controls & Software) Practical

Parents to Children;
Don’t Share Personal Information – ‘Keep Your Secrets – SECRET’
Be Kind Online – ‘As you would be in school’
Selfies/Pictures – The Impact – ‘Ask Permission’
Don’t Ignore Age Restrictions (Games Apps Social Media)

Remember Understand the Risks, to Restrict Escalation to Online Danger by Preventing Deliberate or Accidental Inappropriate Behaviour

Jonathan Taylor MSc

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