As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online.
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.
However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.
You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
The UK Safer Internet Centre have grouped the issues children face into 4 main categories:
Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information.
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children.
Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them.
Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites.
You can find out more about what your children are accessing and how to keep them safe on the following websites: