Good afternoon all,
We all know how central the internet has become to our daily lives and the lives of our children. It is a fantastic tool and all kinds of information is available instantly at the click of a button.
However, we should also be well aware of the need for responsible internet usage. Unfortunately there are some negative aspects that the internet can potentially bring into our lives. It is probably wise to reflect on internet usage in our homes and as a family every so often. Think about questions such as:
Is your child using the internet responsibly?
Are they supervised while using it?
What safety mechanisms have you put in place, such as blocking inappropriate content?
Are the adds that our children see age appropriate?
Do you know who your child chats to online?
Are these online conversations age appropriate?
What plan is in place if inappropriate content appears?
Is there too much screen in your house?
There are some fantastic resources available online for parents and families to use when thinking about these big questions. Here are a couple of them:
At the end of the day, it is parents’ responsibility to ensure that your children are safe when they are online at home. There are many good suggestions and ideas how to do this in the above two websites. Hopefully you will find this helpful and informative.
Happy ‘Safer Internet Day 2018′ everyone!