The need for parents to talk to their children about internet safety is more important than ever, with so many children now well-versed in using tablets and smartphones.
In many cases, by the time they are teenagers they may know more about online apps, games, social media networks and downloads than you do – but they may not be savvy enough to know how to protect themselves from online threats.
So it’s vital to educate children in the skills needed to respond to online situations they may encounter such as cyberbullying, phishing and inappropriate content or communication.
When children are online, they could easily be persuaded to share personal information that can lead to identity theft and worse. It’s key that adults ensure we promote safe, responsible use of the internet by children and young people, and protect them from illegal and harmful content and conduct online.
UK Safer Internet research reveals that although more than two-thirds (68%) of parents say that they have spoken to their child/children about at least one key internet safety issue, only one in five (19%) say that they have spoken to their child/children about how to report something online.
Some tips for parents to prevent that happening:
- Teach them never to provide personal information online
- Drill into them: ‘If in doubt, don’t click’.
- Make sure they use strong passwords and not always the same one
- Install security software such as firewalls, antivirus programs and privacy filtration software.
- Review the privacy settings of social media accounts they use