5th February 2013 is Safer Internet Day so a reminder to all of us to check that our children are safe online.
To a child the internet is an exciting place filled with games, videos and the chance to explore a whole new world. However as parents and teachers we have a duty to make our children aware of the dangers of the World Wide Web and to monitor what they are accessing.
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ is an excellent website which offers advice to parents, carers, teachers and also offers children advice in an engaging and appealing format. It has guides on how you can best protect children and how to make children best prepared to face the risks of being online.
From my own experiences enabling restrictions on tablets, filtering options on the Internet and ensuring that I physically check and look at what my children are looking at have been some of the first steps I have taken.
For those with Windows 8, Microsoft now offer a new family safety option which gives parents the ability to control and monitor what children use on the computer and for how long.
One final thing is to teach children what to do if they see or find something they don’t like or they feel they shouldn’t be seeing. Knowing how to turn off the monitor or close the lid so that they no longer have to see it but can then tell an adult who can investigate is a simple but very useful skill.
If you haven’t already use Safer Internet Day to start helping your children to stay safe online.