The internet is a fantastic tool if it is used correctly – we must understand the risks!
Ever thought how odd your online life is?
Ever thought what might go wrong?
Check out ‘Can I be your friend?’ on YouTube
Every child is different but may use the same online sites. Children talk to each other and enthuse about what they do online. Technology is moving so fast and as parents/carers you need to keep up and keep an open mind. Join in and let your child educate you whilst you keep them safe. The most important part of internet safety is conversation and communication.
Remember the 3 C’s
Content – is it age appropriate, legal, what our your children exposed to and allowing others o see about themselves?
Conduct – is there risk of harm from interaction from others online? Is there risk of harm from interactions between one another online?
Contact – contact from unknown persons, young people openly engaging with strangers
Games and apps
Most games/apps have appropriate context for age, however it is the conduct and contact that poses a risk. It is the games/apps that allow interaction between other users that increases potential risks to children and young people.
There are many games out there that are not suitable for young people and can often contain very violent or sexualised scenes, references or context.
Look for the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI)
Checklist for parents
Help and Support