Online Safety

Stay Safe Online

What are the online risks for your children?
View our top tips for staying safe at home.

From phones and tablets to TV’s and games consoles; we know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of devices and sites that children use, we hope the following advice helps.

Pre-school (0-5)

With so many websites and apps targeting pre-schoolers find out the simple steps, you can take to protect your young children.

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Internet safety checklist for pre-school children

More and more pre-schoolers are getting their own tablets or borrowing their parents’ devices to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. Use our list of practical tips to help children under-5s have a safer online experience and get the best out of the digital world as they grow.

Explore together

Talk to your child about what the internet is and explore it together so you can show them all the great fun and educational things they can do. Reassure them that if they see anything upsetting, they should come and talk to you.

Be Involved

Encourage them to use devices in the same room as you so you can keep and an eye on how they’re using the internet. Stay inquisitive about what they are doing and encourage them to share their enjoyment with you.

Put yourself in control

Activate parental controls on your home broadband. Most Internet-enabled devices also offer parental controls.

Search Safely

If you let your child search independently, make sure safe search settings are activated on Google and other search engines or set the default to one designed especially for children such as Swiggle.

Use Passwords

Keep your devices out of reach and set passwords on all your internet-enabled devices and don’t share them. Then you’ll know when and where your child is accessing the internet.

Young children (6-11)

Learn about the steps you can make to establish positive behaviour and how you can teach your child to stay safe.

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Internet safety checklist for young children

Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online.

Agree Boundaries

Be clear what your child can and can’t do online and how much time they can spend online.

Explore Together

The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them. Talk to them about being a good friend online.

Take Control

Install parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices.

Stay Involved

Encourage them to use their devices in a communal area so you can keep an eye on them.

Talk To Siblings

Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger siblings safe.

Search Safely

Make sure safe search settings are activated on Google and other search engines.

Online Issues

What issues could be affecting your children? 

Get to grips with what children may come across on the internet. Find out what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online.

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