Step 2 – Start by being safe

• Talk to your child about the importance of staying safe online. It's easier to have conversations about online safety little and often, rather than trying to cover everything at once.

• Try to make your child aware that they can always share concerns without being judged – make them feel safe.

• Consider using parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor and report content.

• Check, with your child, if any of their apps have 'geo-location' enabled. This shares their location and it is vital that this is disabled. Also it's worth checking their 'tagging' settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child's identity is not revealed.

• If you have serious concerns, consider taking a look at their Internet History button and links on your web browser to see which sites your child has recently visited. However this can damage trust so proceed with caution!

 

Parental advice on filtering

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls