Monday, 25 March 2019

How Can My Kid Stay Safe On The Internet?

Matilda has asked for her own blog - it's something that she has been asking for a long time and I wanted to leave it for as long as she could. But now she is 9, I have said she can start a blog as long as I am in charge. She isn't allowed to use the laptop out of my sight and I check her blog posts before she publishes them. I'm not sure if everyone is aware but Matilda has an older sister and she was groomed by a paedophile online and we learnt a lesson on the day we found out. It was a hard lesson to learn and I thought that I was hot on internet security - turns out I wasn't. Although we went through years of heartache, I still have to let Matilda use the internet. It's not possible for her to not use it, in this day and age. I am lucky that she is quite clued up on her internet security and she knows some things that other kids of her age, might not know. As long as Matilda uses the internet wisely and uses her internet safety knowledge - then I am happy. We wanted to share some tips on internet safety today. 
  • Speak to them about not posting any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number. Even them mentioning their town or school can help someone track them down in real life. The should never use their last name online either. 
  • Ask them to think carefully before posting pictures or videos of themselves, once they have put a picture of themselves online, most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just their anymore. This is relevant for your kids posting pictures of themselves in either a school uniform or a club uniform. For older teens, you should make them aware of posting nude or underwear pictures online. Even if they think they are only sending a picture to their boyfriend, it will end up being public, if they break up and the (ex) boyfriend decides to share. 
  • Keep their privacy settings as high as possible. We all know that kids shouldn't be on social media until they are 13, but they use it many years before that. Matilda has Instagram but it is attached to my Instagram account and she doesn't have the passwords or have the app on her tablet. It's no good complaining that random people are adding your 10-year-old on Facebook if you haven't set the account up with the highest security settings.
  • Explain to the kids, what they can and can't do on the internet. They need to have boundaries and need to know what is right and what is wrong online. 
  • Explain the importance of never giving out their passwords to people, even though you might trust them. The passwords are to protect the kids and their internet. 
  • Explain to the kids about not befriending people that they don’t know in real life. Even if they say they are kids, you never know who is behind that computer screen. More importantly, tell them that they should certainly never meet up with people that they have never met before. reassure them that they will never get into trouble if they come to you and tell you about someone wanting to meet them on the internet. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Explain to them that they should only stick to kids internet sites, There is a reason that they cannot use adult sites and that's because it contains adult content and they shouldn't see it. My daughter was on an over 18's app when she was groomed by a paedophile - She was still a child at the time. 
  • Teach them to tell you if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable, they are to switch the computer or tablet off straight away and notify an adult. They won't get into trouble and they should never feel uncomfortable on the internet. 

If you or your child come across something that doesn't seem right on the internet, then you need to report it. you can either go to the NSPCC website or contact your local police station. Make sure that you keep all screenshots as evidence. 

1 comment:

  1. Children do need to be Protected. Internet, technology changes at such a rapid pace. The Public NEED Protection. Children are classed as a vulnerable group within society. Protection of Children NEEDS to be a Priority.

    Accountability for actions, etc.

    More Safety measures need to be applied. Public Protection, Child Protection are important ISSUES.

    Rachel Craig


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