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Online safety tips for parents of pre-school children 0-5 Year Olds

 

Checklist:

 

 Put yourself in control Make use of the parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website

 Search safely - Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube

 Set boundaries - It’s never too early to start setting rules about when and for how long your child can use devices and start to introduce the subject of internet safety at the same time. Encourage children to use devices in a communal area, keep other devices out of reach and use passwords so they can’t go online without asking you first.

 Explore together - Set your homepage to a child-friendly site such as CBeebies and give them a user account which only allows access to sites and apps you’ve chosen.

 Help them learn through games Games are a great way for young children to explore the internet and learn about the world around them. You can choose safe, fun and educational games free of charge from providers such as Fisher Price or about their favourite characters like Peppa Pig.

 

Online safety tips for parents of primary school children 6-10 Year Olds

 

Checklist

 Put yourself in control Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website

 Search safely - Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google. co.uk/safetycentre.

 Agree boundaries - Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.

 Explore together - The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Encourage them to use devices in communal areas so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them.

 Check if it’s suitable - The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram.

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