As the nights start drawing in and the weather gets less agreeable, we find that children spend more time inside. When I was of Primary School age this meant watching television, playing with my sisters, reading or helping my mum around the house. For many modern children, it means they spend even more time online. We know that the internet is an amazing resource for everyone and provides entertainment and educational opportunities. Many people use it as a form of communication too and this can feel comforting when stuck at home on a cold, dark, wet evening. However, it is useful to remind parents that online safety is very important and they need to be vigilant in order to protect their children from the possible dangers which can arise from time spent in the virtual world. The NSPCC has some really useful information about keeping children safe.
Using parental controls/ locks to limit what children can access and view
Being present whilst your child is online
Setting limits on the amount of online time your child enjoys
Regular conversations with your child about their virtual life and reminders about sharing information and how to block people
Click the link below for more information:
Please also be aware that many online sites and games have age restrictions.
These are to protect children from possible harm. If you know your child is
accessing content which is unsuitable, you should act to ensure that they are safe.