How you can keep young people safer online over the Christmas period ... and beyond!
No doubt young people will ask for some form of technology that links to the internet this Christmas, be it a new smartphone, tablet or games console.
While their device will provide them with hours of entertainment, it can also present new risks. Here are 3 steps you can take to make sure that young people are safer online over the Christmas period and beyond.
1. Parents and carers can set up parental controls
Parental controls can be a great tool to help protect young people online, and should be installed on any new device that they use. Parents and carer information to use these controls effectively can be found here Thinkuknow.
2. Start a conversation about communicating safely online
A new device enables young people to gain access to new communities through online gaming and social media.
If you can, make time to start a conversation with young people about how they use online technology and what it means to them. You can use this as a way to remind them of some key strategies for safer internet use, for example:
Be careful with what they share, including images, videos and personal information.
Take control of who sees what they post by using privacy settings.
Be mindful of who they are chatting to and gaming with – do they really know and trust them? If not, don’t share personal details or agree to meet them in other online spaces.
3. Remind young people how to report anything worrying
It’s important that young people know where to go if they come across something online that worries them or makes them feel uncomfortable – especially as contact with trusted sources of support may not be available over the holidays.
Talk them through how they can make a report to CEOP if something has happened to them online or they’re worried about what a friend is doing online.
Remind them that they can contact Childline if they have any other worries, for example if they are being bullied.