E-safety tips for Parents of 11-13 Year Olds
57% of 12-15 year-olds visit social networking sites on their mobile phone.
- Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices, including your child’s mobile phone.
You can find out how at your broadband or mobile network provider’s website. Find out how to setup safe search in Google by going to google.co.uk/safetycentre.
- Agree boundries
Have a family agreement about where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share.
- Have a conversation
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. Discuss with them what they might come across.
- Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including
- Facebook and Instagram
Get them clued up about social networking
Talk to children about the benefits and risks of social networking before they join any sites. Let them know that anything they upload, email or message could stay around forever online.
Learn about it:
Teach your child some simple rules
- Make sure your child knows not to share personal information like their phone number or email address online
- Only talk to real life friends or family on social media sites and in chatrooms Use privacy settings wherever they exist to keep their information private
- Don’t arrange to meet people in real life that they’ve only talked to online
- Use secure and legal sites to download music and games
- Check attachments and pop ups for viruses before they click or download anything
- Use Public Friendly WiFi when they’re out and about to filter inappropriate content
- Don’t post things online that they wouldn’t want you to see
Talk about it:
Tips for a meaningful conversation
- Ask them for advice on how to do something online and use this as a conversation starter
- Make sure they know they can come to you if they’re upset by something they’ve seen online
- Be sensitive and praise them when they share their online experiences with you
- Make sure they know how to block abusive comments and report content that worries them
- If your child comes to you with an issue, stay calm and listen without judging them
- Tackle peer pressure by explaining that if they are talked into bullying someone online or sending inappropriate images it may get reported to their school or even the police
- Teach them to treat others as they’d like to be treated online and set a good example with your own internet use
This Article has been borrowed from http://internetmatters.org – with information, advice and support on all the big e-safety issues.