Is going online the new stranger danger for children?

Posted on October 31, 2020 at 1:30 pm

We have recently realised more than ever the important part that digital devices play in our lives and the way that they can help us to keep in touch with friends and family, play games and share photographs but how do we keep our children safe when they are using the internet?

The main issue for parents is that sometimes the children know more about the internet and social media than them, but it is important to find out by doing some research the basics. Some of the restrictions that will need to be put on your child’s online activity will be dependent upon their age. For instance, young children should not be able to access the internet without you monitoring what content they are viewing. Parental controls can be set up to ensure this is the case. Games they play on should have in app purchases turned off and be rated as appropriate to their age. It is a good idea at this stage to talk about the importance of keeping your real name, age and location secret to all but friends.

The situation becomes more problematic with teenage children as monitoring everything they do online is not feasible however parental controls can be set so that whatever they access online can be viewed by the parent which in itself may constrain their viewing. As is the case in other areas of life it is sensible to have conversations with the children in your care, in this case explaining the dangers of posting images and comments online and the possible impact of this both for themselves and others.

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