On 11 February it’s the national Safer Internet Day. The slogan is “Together for a better internet”. Did you know that pre-school children are online for an average of 71 minutes a day and that over half of 3-4 year olds use tablets? As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. Below are some online safety tips for parents of pre-school children:

Set boundaries
It is never too early to start setting rules about when and how long your child can use devices and start to introduce the subject of internet safety at the same time. Encourage children to use devices in a communal area, keep other devices out of reach and use passwords so that they can’t go online without asking you first.
Make use of parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices.

Put yourself in control
Make use of parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices.

Search safely
Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search engines can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.

Explore together
Set your homepage to a child-friendly site such as CBeebies and give them a user account which allows only access to sites and apps you’ve chosen.

Help them learn through games
Games are a great way for young children to explore the internet and learn about the world around them. You can choose safe, fun and educational games free of charge from providers such as Fisher Price or about their favourite characters like Peppa Pig.

You can gain more information about how to keep your child safe online from the websites below:
www.saferinternet.or.uk/advise/parents-and-carers/resources-parents-and-carers
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
www.nspcc.org.uk/helping-children-safe/online-safety

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