More and more preschoolers are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. There are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely.
www.internetmatters.org in partnership with some of the leading IT companies has put together a brilliant, comprehensive website and step-by-step technical guides for keeping children from pre-schoolers to teenagers safe online. We recommend visiting www.internetmatters.org ….
Start with this simple checklist:
Make use of the parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.
It’s never too early to start setting rules about when and for how long your child can use devices and start to introduce the subject of internet safety at the same time. Encourage children to use devices in a communal area, keep other devices out of reach and use passwords so they can’t go online without asking you first.
Set your homepage to a child-friendly site such as CBeebies and give them a user account which only allows access to sites and apps you’ve chosen.
Games are a great way for young children to explore the internet and learn about the world around them. You can choose safe, fun and educational games free of charge from providers such as Fisher Price or about their favourite characters like Peppa Pig.