IS YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE?
The internet is amazing and opens up a whole world of captivating experiences for children. However with the digital world constantly evolving how do we as parents ensure our children are protected?
These are key to keeping your child safe online. They can be implemented to impede distressing or dangerous content, control in-app purchases or manage how much time your child spends online. What can appear to be a harmless search can often produce not so harmless results. If you are concerned about what they maybe looking for on the internet, or who they are conversing with discuss the matter with them. In addition parental controls are key to help protect them and they are straightforward to implement.
Parental controls are software and tools which parents and carers can set up on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, games consoles and the home broadband. They can be utilised to prevent your child seeing inappropriate content when searching online.
In addition these controls are there to aide parents to limit the amount of time a child spends online and to prevent them downloading age inappropriate apps.
With an ever increasing number of children having access to a smartphone or tablet here are 5 tips to protect them when online.
- Use app store settings to show only age appropriate apps. Check age ratings of apps you are not familiar with.
- Ensure app and in app purchases require a password.
- Turn off location services so that your child’s location isn’t unintentionally shared with others.
- Switch on Google Safesearch to block explicit images, videos, and websites from Google Search results. For phones and tablets go to SEARCH settings
- Find the “SafeSearch filters” section.
- To turn on SafeSearch, tap Filter explicit results.
- To turn off SafeSearch, tap Show most relevant results
- At the bottom of the screen, tap Save.
5. Turn on YouTube Restricted Mode to bar mature content.
The most important point is to talk to your child about being responsible when online and possibly sharing images and other content.
Have regular conversations with them about what they are doing online and stress the importance of 2 way communication so that you can help to ensure their browsing experience is a safe one.