7 Tips for Online Safety

 

1. TALK WITH YOUR KIDS

  • Stay calm
  • Talk early and often
  • Be open and direct

 

2. EDUCATE YOURSELF

  • Search online for anything you don’t understand
  • Try out the apps games and sites yourself
  • Explore the GDP tips and resources

 

3. USE PARENTAL CONTROLS

  • Activate the safety settings in your operating system, search engine and games
  • Use parental controls on your children’s phones, tablets and game consoles
  • Monitor your kids use and screen time

 

4. SET GROUND RULES AND APPLY SANCTIONS

  • Agree and sign a family safety contract
  • Set time and place limits for tech use
  • Enforce sanctions when necessary

 

5. FRIEND AND FOLLOW BUT DON’T STALK

  • Friend your kids on social media
  • Respect your kids online space and don’t over do it
  • Encourage your kids to create a GOOD digital reputation

 

6. EXPLORE SHARE AND CELEBRATE

  • Go online with your kids and explore their online world
  • Take advantage of new ways of communicating
  • Learn from them and have fun

7. BE A GOOD DIGITAL ROLE MODEL

  • Curb your own bad digital habits
  • Know when to unplug
  • Show your kids how to collaborate and create online

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