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Safeguarding Children

Risks

Your Child and Adult Content

When parents find out that their children have been exposed to online pornography, a typical initial reaction is: “Has my child been traumatised or suffered other harm?” In reality, there is a greater potential for harm from...

Video Game Gambling

Video gaming for your children can be enjoyable and safe, as long as games are age-appropriate, regulated and supervised by you, and playing times limited. However, there has been a massive surge in illegal websites enticing...

Copying & Cheating

The internet is a great resource for research for your child’s homework and coursework. Unfortunately, however, it can be very easy and tempting to copy information straight from a website and pass it off as his or her own...

Texting & Sexting

The same advice applies to texting as it does to emailing or social networking: children could be duped into thinking they’re texting (and being texted by) someone they know, whereas in fact it’s a stranger who is on the...

Cyberstalking

Unlike when they’re meeting someone face-to-face, children don’t always know who they’re actually ‘talking’ to online, even if they think they do. This makes it easy for someone who may want to hurt your child, to...

Cyberbullying

Online bullying - like bullying in the playground, street or home - can cause children misery. You should guide your child to always tell you if this is happening to them. ...

Privacy & Identity Theft

You should make your children aware that they mustn’t reveal any information that allows a stranger access to their or your personal or financial information....

Clickjacking

Unfortunately, social networking sites are a very popular place for people trying to trip you or your child up. Your child will probably not be as cautious as you are, so you need to point out the dangers. ...

Viruses & Other Malware

Most of us know about the dangers and consequences of our computers and maybe mobile devices being infected with malware, but is your child aware of the issues? And if they are, does it bother them?...

Keeping Their Activities Safe

Music, Movies & File Sharing

The internet is quickly becoming children’s preferred source of music, films and other forms of entertainment, but it's quite easy for them to 'come unstuck' when downloading or file sharing. There are several reasons you need...

Paying for Games, Apps & Downloads

These days, it is easy to use a smartphone or tablet to download a product or service and charge it to your phone bill. Children are especially attracted to games, apps and media such as video and songs, and are able to download...

Parental Control Software

As well as engaging with your child to educate and guide them through a safe digital life - and so that you fully understand the latest developments - it makes good sense to take advantage of the filters and controls which you...

Your Child and Social Networking

Social networking has been – and still is – one of the revolutions of the online age and when used correctly is an excellent way of keeping in touch with friends and family. But it can also be a source of harm for your child...

Gaming and Your Child

Online games can be great fun for children, but there are several risks involved, which you can reduce with the correct approach....

Safe Browsing

Just being able to use the internet does certainly not mean that your child has the maturity or experience to handle everything they might find there....

Protecting Passwords

Your child's passwords are the key to their online life, just as yours are for you. You know the importance of choosing safe passwords ... and keeping them to yourself. For your child, it may not be so obvious....

Age-based Advice

If Your Child is Aged 13 or Over

Advice if your child is aged 13 or over...

If Your Child is Aged 10 to 12

Advice if your child is aged 10 to 12 Set some boundaries for your child before they get their first ‘connected device’ (mobile, tablet, laptop or games console). Once they have it, it can be more difficult to change the...

If Your Child is Aged 6 to 9

If your child is aged 6 to 9 years old...

If Your Child is Aged Under 5

Advice if your child is under 5 years old ...

The Best Approach

Our advice, which follows that of experts the world over, is to take a balanced approach to your children’s online safety. Doing nothing is a sure-fire way to let your kids get into trouble, whilst a heavy-handed approach will...

Young People & Cyber Criminality

The dangers to youngsters who spend hours on end on their computer or tablet in their bedroom are well documented and include health and social problems. However, one of the most serious risks is that of breaking the law online...

Is Your Child Using These Apps?

Using social networking sites of one kind or another is second-nature to most children. New sites are springing up every day and there are far to many to mention on this page ... just look at the photo above, and that's a tiny...