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Stay Safe online this Christmas

No doubt some of our children will be receiving some form of technology that links to the internet for Christmas.

While their device will provide them with hours of entertainment, it can also present new risks. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that young people are safer online over the Christmas period and beyond.

1. Set up parental controls

Parental controls can be a great tool to help protect young people online, and should be installed on any new device that they use. Click here Thinkuknow article for information to use these controls effectively.

You'll find plenty of further advice and support on how to keep your child safe online by clicking here..

2. Start a conversation about communicating safely online

A new device enables young people to gain access to new communities through online gaming and social media.

Please remind them of some key strategies for safer internet use, for example:

  • Be careful with what they share, including images, videos and personal information.
  • Take control of who sees what they post by using privacy settings.
  • Be mindful of who they are chatting to and gaming with – do they really know and trust them? If not, don’t share personal details or agree to meet them in other online spaces.

3. Remind young people how to report anything worrying

It’s important that young people know where to go if they come across something online that worries them or makes them feel uncomfortable. Encourage them to the speak up immediately if something has happened to them online or they’re worried about what a friend is doing online.

Remind them that they can contact Childline if they have any other worries.