Checklist: Set up your child’s tech devices e-safely

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Keeping up to date with what your children are doing online can seem daunting. Technology is constantly advancing and sometimes parents feel that their children know more about the internet than they do.

Whatever their age, Internet Matters can help you to find out more about what they might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.


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Set parental controls on your broadband to prevent your children seeing things they shouldn’t.

For smart phones check parental controls are also set up on the mobile network.

Set up the device safely

Use the device setting so you can only download age appropriate apps and games.

Disable location services so your child doesn’t unintentionally share their location with others.

Set up password control or disable in-app purchasing so big bills are not run up accidentally.

Download age appropriate apps you’re happy for your child to use.

Talk about staying safe online

If your children are 8-10 years old, download InternetMatters app (android / App store), our new parent/child app to help you talk about e-safety issues in an interactive way.

Be aware of key issues and how to discuss them with your children so they know how to stay safe online.

If your child is using social networking apps check their profile and privacy settings, making sure they are not sharing personal or private information with people they do not know.


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