There are lots of fun things young people can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick them into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about them. They can also be bullied or frightened online.

Follow these TOP TIPS for helping them use the internet safely. Take the post. 

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Top Tips for ensuring young people are safe Online - For Parents and Carers





There are lots of fun things young people can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick them into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about them. They can also be bullied or frightened online.

Follow these TOP TIPS for helping them use the internet safely. Take the post. 


TOP TIP 1.

ESTABLISH SOME HOUSE RULES & GUIDELINES

This can include setting limits to screen time, the type of content a child accesses online through their mobiles and other devices or the appropriate tone of language to use online.

TOP TIP 2.

ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO ONLINE IN COMMUNAL SPACES

This will help put your mind at ease about what they are doing, and they’ll know they can come to you if they are confused, frightened or concerned.

TOP TIP 3

HAVE AN OPEN AND ONGOING DIALOGUE

Encourage and maintain an open and ongoing dialogue with them: talk about mobile use and experiences online. Maintain an open conversation.

TOP TIP 4

ENCOURAGE THEM TO THINK BEFORE CLICKING

Whether they’re looking at online video sites, receiving an unknown link in an email or even browsing the web, remind your child not to click on links which may take them to dangerous or inappropriate sites.

TOP TIP 5

LOOK OUT FOR HARMFUL CONTENT

From websites to apps, games and online communities, young people have access to a lot of content that can affect them both positively and negatively.

TOP TIP 6

DISCUSS THE RISKS OF POSTING AND SHARING PRIVATE INFORMATION

Encourage them to think about the videos, photographs and information they share through mobiles, especially on social media.

TOP TIP 7

USE PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE

Check with your internet service provider if they provide parental control software, which can help you create a safe online experience by managing restricted sites access, browsing history preview and setting limits screen time.

email:  SCDCyberPreventionEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk