Parental control software.

Parental control software.

Mobile Broadband means internet access wherever and whenever you want. You can find information about almost anything and communicate in many different ways.

But there are some parts of the internet that aren't appropriate for children. One of the best ways to protect children is to talk to them about the internet, to help them understand some of the risks and what to do if they find sites that upset or concern them. Spending time with your children as they surf the internet is a great way to start understanding how they want to use the web, and it also gives you a chance to show them how to be careful.

You can also install software on the laptop or computer that your child uses which will help you manage what they do online. There's a special Kitemark that can help give parents confidence in this type of software and help reduce the amount of harmful content your children see. Find out about software carrying the Kitemark here.

You might also find these tips helpful:

  • Think about where you let your child use the computer. You might want to agree with your child that they don't use their computer in their bedroom or other rooms where you can't see what they're doing online.
  • Talk to your child about the different types of websites they might visit – which ones you think are safe and what they should and shouldn't share with other people online.
  • Talk about online safety basics like not revealing personal details to people they only know online.
  • Talk to them about being cautious when meeting people online. Explain that sometimes people aren't who they seem to be and encourage them to share any concerns with you straight away.
  • Install software that protects against viruses, hackers and spyware and lets you to filter inappropriate content. Parental controls are available on some internet browsers, so take the time to learn how to use them.
  • Encourage them to create strong passwords, change them frequently and never, ever share them.

More information about staying safe online can be found from Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre or Directgov.

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