The internet and mobile technology are firmly embedded in family life. Kids are growing up in an increasingly connected world and find it easy to stream the latest movie, chat with their friends any time they want, research an assignment for school or download the latest games.
It’s a good idea to make sure your kids can navigate the online world safely. This does not have to be overwhelming, in fact with a few simple tips, you can make sure the whole family is smart and safe online:
- Take an interest in what your kids are up to online. Speak with them about who they’re connecting with, what they’re doing, and how much information they’re sharing. That way you can see any potential issues that a child may not be aware of.
- Tell your kids not to give out personal information about themselves or the family e.g. full name, date of birth or address.
- Set clear boundaries for technology use and online behaviour, such as time limits.
- Keep up with the latest trends, technology and apps to encourage family discussions on online safety. You may even find yourself quietly enjoying the newest online puzzle or game!
- Consider using parental controls where available on your devices.
Here are some more specific activities you can do to help your child browse safely.
To help you understand how kids are using technology, and to learn how to guide them in the digital world, the award winning ThinkUKnow program offers training for parents, carers and teachers.
If you feel your child is being bullied online, the Children's e-Safety Commissioner website provides information on what to do and allows you to report online bullying.