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Keeping children safe online over the holidays



Check out our blog for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond. 

What parents can do:

 

 

Parental Controls

There are so many connected devices on the market now, each with their own unique way of setting up parental controls and restrictions. Equally the functionality of these devices can be daunting with chat, game downloads, in-app purchases, third party apps on the devices (such as social media, Netflix) etc. 

I always advise parents two things. Firstly look up the device on YouTube using a simple 'how to' query, e.g. 'how to restrict in-app purchases on Playstation 4'. Secondly, the wonderful people at Internet Matters have a one-stop shop for setting up devices which can be found here:

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Advice by age

As well as devices, parents also need advice according to the age of their children. Again, Internet Matters has this covered fo children 0-5, 6-10, 11-13 and 14+

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/

Gaming

Gaming is likely to be high on the agenda for many children this holiday period. CEOP have a nice, simple guide for parents

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/

Internet Matters also has a gaming hub which is really useful for parents; it was updated a couple of months ago and has invaluable information

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/

YouTube

If you haven't seen the new YouTube app or site for children (<13) it's worth a look. This is only a few weeks old and it's quite good for the younger children

App: https://youtube.com/kids/
Web: https://www.youtubekids.com/

Social Media

Back to Internet Matters for this one; they have a really useful hub for parents which explains the risks and the benefits, along with some resources that parents can use

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/social-media-advice-hub/

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