11th February is Safer Internet Day. The theme is ‘Together for a better internet’ which encourages young people to explore how they ask, give and receive consent online, whether it be in friendships or relationships.
We as parents need to encourage our children to talk to adults about what they’re getting up to online.
Here are our top tips on how to protect your children:
Have a conversation
Regularly talk to your child about what they’re up to online and find out what social media sites they’re using. Not sure what to say to your child? No problem this article offers some great tips on how to talk to your child about this.
Not sure what Snapchat is even though your child practically lives on it? It might be time to invest some time in researching all of the different apps that your child is using. You can find some great information about this on the Internet Matters website.
Set a good example
Nowadays most parents are also active on social media. If you’re a parent who does have social media, set a good example by asking your child before you post anything about them online. This will teach them about consent and to respect others online.
Don’t be embarrassed
When your child becomes old enough for sex education, it’s advised to chat to your child about the dangers of sexting, online predators and the dangers of sending explicate photos to people who they think they might be able to trust. Let them know that they can trust you so if they do come across any issues then they can always come to you for advice.
If you’d like to take part in the day or would like to find out more information, please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk.