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The internet offers a fantastic opportunity for children and adults alike to access information and communicate with one another; however it can be a little daunting to know where to start when wanting to protect our children online.
We strongly recommend that you talk to your children about what they are doing on computers, smartphones and tablets and that you show an interest in any games they are participating in. It is very easy for children to stumble across inappropriate material online and we would emphasise how important parental controls and general awareness of your child’s activities are.
Children often forget to behave online in the same responsible way they may do face to face with friends. It is easy to feel anonymous and get carried away online and it is important that children are aware of who is able to view and potentially share the information they post. Please encourage your child to think before they post – would they be happy if their post was seen by a family friend, grandparent or even a teacher?
The following websites offer some good advice on how to protect your children and keep them safe online.