Internet Safety Top Tips for Parents
We are all stuck at home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, and it’s likely your children are spending a lot more time online. School, chats with friends and grandparents- so much has shifted online. Being connected helps children reduce the impact of this new (temporary) normal and encourages them to continue with their lives. It presents a new set of challenges for parents. How can you maximize all that the internet has to offer, while minimizing the potential harm?
As a parent you need to be on top of what your child is doing on-line and on their smart phones. It is very easy for things to go wrong very quickly. We all want to protect our children from coming across unsuitable adult material either by accident or by design.
It’s also very easy for your child to become involved in on-line bullying- either as the victim or as the bully. Group chats can lead to very difficult and hurtful messages being shared. We need to be sure that our children are not involved in posting anything hurtful to another child.
Webwise offer free information, advice and resources to help parents, teachers and students address internet safety issues. I strongly recommend giving over some time to this www.webwise.ie
Here are some tips taking from the site