Safer Internet Day: Top tips to keep your children safe online

Mon, 09/02/2015

The internet is a fantastic resource for young people, but there are risks associated with going online. On Safer Internet Day, 10 February, we’ve put together some top tips to help parents and carers keep their children safe online.

  • reassure your child that they should come to you or their teacher if they get any nasty messages. They should not reply
  • remind them that anything they say online stays there forever
  • there are reporting functions on most social media sites – if anything upsets or concerns your child they can use the ‘report it’ button
  • tell them not to give out any personal details online – particularly their full name, contact details or school
  • to help them keep their personal details private, ensure that privacy settings on social networks only allow friends to view or access their page
  • warn your child that online friends should remind online – if they are invited to meet an online friend in the offline world remind them to tell you, their teacher, or another trusted adult
  • suggest that your child leaves their Bluetooth settings on ‘undiscoverable mode’ so that they don’t receive unwanted messages or photos
  • remind them that they should keep their passwords safe and not tell anyone else. They should also remember to change their passwords occasionally

If you’re worried about your child’s safety online visit Childnet

For straightforward advice on internet safety visit the NSPCC Share Aware campaign

NSPCC has also created a complete guide to the social networks your children use.

Last updated: 10 August 2016
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