18 Oct Keeping kids safe online
Computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets have become part of everyday life for children and young adults. Whether they are using digital technology and the internet for learning, play or entertainment, parents are often surprised at how tech-savvy their children really are. Even toddlers know how to access smartphones and tablets to play their favourite games!
As parents and carers it’s vital to be aware of the online dangers our children may be exposed to. This includes;
- Explicit material like pornography or violence
- Online predators
- Personal information and privacy issues
Setting up Parental Controls
For parents and carers, the best place to start is setting up appropriate parental controls on all of the devices your children use. Parental controls allow you to monitor and control what your children can access online, filter content and what your child can purchase from online app stores and games.
Click on the links below for guides on how to set up parental controls on various devices:
Desktop and laptop computers
- Windows 10 and Xbox One: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12439/microsoft-account-set-up-parental-controls-for-windows-10-and-xbox-one
- Mac OS: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/mac-help/set-up-parental-controls-mtusr004/mac
- iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201304
- Restrict the content your child can download or purchase from Google Play: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075738
- Google Family Link – This is a great app for parents of young children. , allowing you to create a Google account for your child and view their activity, control the apps they download or use, monitor their screen time. Click here to download the app: https://families.google.com/familylink/
Talk to your children about online safety
Setting up parental controls is just the beginning. It’s important to talk your children about the dangers online and let them know they can come to you when they feel unsafe or come across behaviour that doesn’t seem right. Set boundaries and family rules for your children’s online use. For example one rule may be to never give out personal information such as your address or telephone number.
For more info on protecting children and young adults online contact the BG Tech team here.