A Parent’s Guide to Privacy Settings
Doing something is better than doing nothing – it is your responsibility
- Speak to your internet provider if you are unsure. For detailed guidance on the different types of control, you can use this online tool from Internet Matters.
- Do not allow any devices in bedrooms – as parents go to sleep, children have a skill at re-awaking.
- Create rules around what’s OK and what’s not.
- Monitor websites and games before allowing children to surf and play freely.
- Ask them to take off headphones so you can listen in.
- Reduce screen time – encourage playing outdoors, sports and develop other interests.
- Talk to your child’s school, make sure academic work is up to date, look at their sleep habits.
- Always let your child know that they should always say if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable and to never arrange to meet someone who they have met online.
- Let them know that they do not have to feel as though they have done something wrong, nobody is going to get cross and it is not their fault.
- If you are concerned with anything you or your child has seen or asked to do, please call Childline or tell your child’s school.
Always encourage your child to:
They will know how to help.
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