Phones, tablets and the internet can be an amazing place for your child to learn new skills, often in a fun and engaging way. Here are some top tips to make sure you can enjoy these things safely.
All gaming consoles, mobiles, tablets and computers have parental control systems installed ready for you to access.
You will be able to:
We have all seen age ratings on films, but they also use a similar rating for games. The PEGI ratings consider the age suitability not the level of difficulty of the game.
For a more detailed breakdown on the age ratings – and what all the labels mean – take a look here.
Most social media sites have a minimum age, so make sure you know if your child should be accessing these sites.
The NSPCC have put together a really handy guide to different social media sites – so you can understand the difference between Snapchat and Facebook, and information about Fortnite or Minecraft and similar chat rooms.
If your child is old enough to have an account on a social media platform, you can help your child set up their account. Use it as a learning opportunity to show them what sort of information does not belong on social media.
Use your email address as the main contact. This way, you can keep an eye on their online activity at a distance.
Talk through the privacy settings with your child step-by-step. It will be another learning opportunity to show that not everything is hidden on the internet.
Give yourself a quick refresher on this at any time with the videos below: