Online Safety - Parents

TOP TIPS

From Thrive Academy Parents Workshop

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Tip 1

Children Copy what they see

Model what you expect is possible

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Tip 3

Phone free zone

Dinner table and board games sessions

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Tip 2

Create a family charging station

All devices visible

phones charging

Tip 4

Timer for games

Limit screen time

Playing games on a phone

From NSPCC

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Tip 1

Foster understanding 

  • Take the same interest in the online world as the offline world
     

  • Spend time online together as a family 
     

  • Take time to gain an understanding about the websites, games and Apps they use

Doing Homework

Tip 3

Building children’s trust 

  • Need to offer support and be careful not to overreact       

  • Also consider your own online behaviours – children notice how adults act and follow their lead

Mother and Daughter Love

Tip 2

Enabling positive communication

  • Have regular and informed conversations with your child about their online world and to agree and set some boundaries – as they would in other situations     Important to get the balance of activities right   
       

  • Agree times that your child can go online and what they can do    
        

  • TEAM (Talk, Explore, Agree, Manage) 

Communicating

Tip 4

Using the technical tools 

  • Parental Controls on home Wi-Fi, devices and search engines to filter content
     

  • Privacy Settings – children show know how to block and report. Turn off geo-location data
     

  • Time settings
     

  • Limiting spending and password protection

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Help and Support 

Information on popular apps https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Help for broaching challenging subjects

https://www.webwise.ie/ 

Help and support to keep your child safe online

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

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

Online safety messages and check facility https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ 

‘Experts in digital family life’ https://parentzone.org.uk/home 

Be Internet Awesome

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/

Parental Control Apps (Screen Time)

Family Link (Android)
https://families.google.com/familylink/

Apple Screen Time (Apple)
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT208982

Quostodia (All Platforms)
https://www.qustodio.com/en/