Tips to help keep your child safe online 

The internet is great for learning, sharing, connecting and creating. So try and balance how you guide your child on online safety with an understanding of why they want to use it. You don’t want your child to feel they can’t come to you if they encounter a problem online. 

Set rules and agree boundaries as a family 

Set boundaries for how long your child can spend online and what they can do. 
Agree this as a family so that access to devices can be shared fairly. 
Remember there are tools that can help you manage and monitor access and use across all devices. 
Talk about online safety and get involved 

Have conversations about online safety little and often and build it into other conversations 

Ask questions about what they do online, such as what sites they visit and who they talk to. 
Make the use of the internet a family activity. 
Remember to share these rules with babysitters, childminders and other family members. 
Talk to other parents about internet use, such as what they do and don’t allow. 

Know who they are talking to 

Tell your child that strangers can pop up anywhere online: email, instant messenger, social networking sites or online games. 
Your child may feel they know someone well, even if they’ve only played a game with them online. So remember to talk to them about what they share with people they’ve only met online. 
Understand the games they play. 
Ensure your child knows what to do if someone they don’t know contacts them, eg ask you for advice. 
Show your child how to report abuse and how to block people on the websites they use. 
Discuss boundaries and say you’d like to be friends on social networks, initially. 

Check content is age-appropriate 

Check age ratings of games, online movies and websites 

Use parental and privacy controlsAdjust parental controls to suit your child’s age and maturity. 

Check age ratings of games, online movies and websites 
Check age ratings of games, online movies and websites 
Make sure you always logout of your online accounts. 

Get support from Keeping Digital 

The Keeping Digital Foundation team are here to support all York residents. Our volunteers can provide face-to-face support at a local library near you, or provide telephone support, where we can help you find answers to your questions or direct you to the correct people. 
For support, please email and a member of our team will be in touch to answer your questions or to organise support. Additionally, organisations and charities across York can refer individuals for 1-1 mentoring with our volunteers. 
You can also call 01904 900127 to speak to the Keeping Digital Foundation team. The network is completely free and is part of the Keeping Digital Foundation. 
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