Online Safety for Kids

Overview

Digital society encourages you to use online technology but we know that doing just that will likely impact your whole family. Children often appear to know more about computers and the internet than many adults. However, being an expert in technology doesn’t necessarily mean having the skills to handle all situations they might encounter online well.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of advice online for children, young people and parents. There are also special ‘parental control’ programs that can be used to restrict the types of websites that the young can visit – for example, K9, which is free to download.

Other ways

  • Talk to your children about the dangers lurking online and set up appropriate boundaries. You’ll find advice on this on the Get Safe Online website.
  • The Think U Know website has games to teach five to seven-year-olds about online safety, plus advice for 11- to 16-year-olds and for parents and teachers.
  • Even if your children have their own computers, it’s best to set them up with standard user accounts. This will prevent them from downloading programs by mistake or deleting vital system files. Links to instructions on how to create a user account and set up family controls are below:

Create a Windows 10 User Account

Manage Windows Family Controls

Add Apple User Account

Manage Apple Family Controls

Set up a Google Account for a Child

Manage your Child's Google Account

For greater control over your child’s online activities, consider using free specialist parental control software. The Tech Radar website can tell you what’s available with features.

Need to report something serious

Anyone with any any serious concerns about threats to a child's online safety can report the issue to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP).

You can make a report whether you are a child or adult, read information on the CEOP site to help guide you.