Talking to your children about cyberbullying, interacting with strangers and the reality of social media can help them learn how to browse safely. Starting the conversation with your children can be a challenge, but our advice can help you support them.
Children are using internet-connected devices more now than ever, spending an average of two hours on them every day.
Just like you’d warn your kids about keeping away from dangerous places and talking to strangers in the street, it’s important to teach them about cyber safety.
Explaining the basics of online safety can help them realise the risks and how to avoid them – making their online experience a happy one.
While there are many positives of your child using online services, there are potential dangers they need to know about, including:
Remember, being online isn’t all negative, so focus on the positives too. The internet can help them learn additional things to what they’re taught at school and maintain their friendships outside the classroom.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online, over social media, instant messaging, gaming chats or by text messaging.
It’s different from physical bullying, as the abuse can continue when your child is at home. Cyberbullying comes in many different forms:
There are a few things you can do to help your child prevent, cope with and flag cyberbullying:
Starting a conversation with your kids about online safety can be difficult. It’s particularly hard if you’re not fully aware of the possible risks and how to prevent them.
Do a little research on internet safety for children first. This puts you in a better position to offer age-appropriate advice for your child.
Our guide offers 10 tips to stay safe online , so you can quickly and easily learn more.
Once you’re clued up on what risks to look out for, try a few of these tips when addressing online safety:
Find more advice on keeping your family and yourself safe online by visiting our cyber security hub.
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