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Keep your children safe online

Published: 27 May 2020

Online safety

Protect your children online with our top tips

Is your child spending more time online than ever at the moment? Do you know which sites they're visiting and who they're talking to? Whether they're surfing the internet on a laptop, or playing games with friends on their Playstation or X-box, it's important to help them stay safe.

The Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership have put together some practical tips to help you PROTECT your children online.

* P is for …Parent proactively setting boundaries and expectations. How long can your child be online for? Which sites and games can or can't they visit? What can and can't they pay for?

* R is for …Research online risks and with your child agree a plan to stay safe. Risks include dangers from people who want to exploit young and impressionable children and vulnerable adults for sex, crime or fraud. Also be aware of upsetting and inappropriate content.

* O is for …Observe your child's behaviour. Look out for changes in mood, things they say, who they're talking to and what they talk about.

* T is for …Talk to your child. Take time to check-in with them at the beginning and end of each day and ask them about the games they enjoy and the friends they connect with.

* E is for …Explain the online world to your child. Help them understand the benefits and risks of being online and support them to develop confidence.

* C is for …Connect with other parents. Most parents will share your worries and concerns and together you can develop solutions.

* T is for …Train and trust your child. Remember trust is earned and give them opportunities to build trust.

For lots more practical advice to help young people stay safe online visit the Thinkuknow website which is an education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command. The website has lots of information and tips for all age groups including signs to look out for and how to report an incident.

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