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Children and young people go online to connect with friends, make new ones, browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games. They may:
When online, there are huge benefits for children and young people to learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family. By understanding and taking some small steps you can help keep your child safe online. Follow ABC:
Utilise privacy controls to "lock down" your child's account and prevent applications from openly detailing your child's location (e.g. Snapchat)
B: Block Adult Content
Use features offered by your internet service provider or browser to prevent access to websites hosting adult content.
Talk early and often with your children about their online activities.
Children regularly use different websites and apps from their parents, and it can be hard to keep up in this ever-changing digital world. It is, therefore, useful to know the age restrictions attached to each different social media platform in order to best protect children.