The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
So, how can you protect your child online?
The answer is simple. If you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online...
Click Clever, Click Safe
A new internet safety code has been developed with three simple rules
to teach your child so they can be safe online: "Zip It, Block It, Flag It"
‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ – a guide to the code
The code has been designed to:
- give parents the confidence to be able to help their children enjoy the internet safely
- help children and young people understand how their online experiences can expose them to risks
The code has three simple actions:
- Zip it - keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
- Block it - block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments
- Flag it - flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline
Even though our children are very young, it is good practice to get them into safe habits from a young age. For example, don't let them accept "friends" they don't know on popular websites like Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters and keep login details anonymous. Let them know why.
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