Safer Internet Day 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022 is celebrated on 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

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:

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2022 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe

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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