Children's lives have changed dramatically due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, with social distancing measures more and more children are spending more time online. While the internet is great in supporting children with their school work and keeping in-touch with friends and family, it can also bring risks. Now more than ever it is important to talk to your child about staying safe online and about the apps and sites they may be using.
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- Reassure children that you’re interested in their life both online and offline.
- Ask your child to show you what they enjoy doing online.
- Be positive but also open about anything you’re worried about.
- Ask them if they are worried about anything, and let them know they can come to you.
- Ask them about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are.
- Listen for the reasons why your child wanted to use apps or sites you don’t think are suitable, so you can talk about these together.
- Ask your child what they think is okay for children of different ages so they feel involved in the decision making.
Top Tips for managing Screen Time:
- Set a good example with your own device use.
- Talk together about the time children spend online.
- Agree on an appropriate length of time that they can use their device for.
- Get the whole family to unplug and create 'screen free' zones at home.
- Use technology and apps to help manage screen time.
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Top Tips for Kids!
- Don’t post any personal information online- like your address, email address, or phone number.
- Think carefully before posting picture or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore!
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Do not accept or befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with them.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried; leave the website, turn off your computer and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Disney Online Safety for Kids
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet, and to start discussion together around how to behave in a positive way when online. As a family you could discuss and produce a family agreement about what is expected and unexpected when online.
Here are some useful Iink's:
Family Agreement Information
Online Safety Agreement Template
Disney Online Safety Agreement