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Protecting children online

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Marti
I have two young kids under 10 and they are into everything online. I don't want to stop them having fun but I do worry about keeping them safe, and knowing enough to be able to help them if they have problems with bullying or harassment. Any tips anyone?
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Jules92
Letting them know you are there for them is so important. If they think you will be angry with them for getting into trouble then they wont come to you in the first place. My dad still can't deal with the internet very well but I know he cares. I think the more you are able to learn the better you will be able to help them.
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Mac
Hi Marty.
You will find our parents guide for pre-teens very useful.
www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/starting-early-parents-and-pre-teen-children
It is much easier to put boundaries and "house rules" in place with younger children and it will help lay the foundation of trust that will continue as they get older.
As you say, knowing enough to be able to help them is important so the more you can learn about what your children are interested in online the better.
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Petula
Originally posted by Marti
I have two young kids under 10 and they are into everything online. I don't want to stop them having fun but I do worry about keeping them safe, and knowing enough to be able to help them if they have problems with bullying or harassment. Any tips anyone?

I spend as much time with my kids online as I can. If you can show an interest in what they are doing it makes it much easier to see how they are behaving online and more important how they are being treated. It might be a good idea to check out the reporting facilities on the sites they use with them? Doing something like this together will let them know you are keeping them safe and in the know!!
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Adam
Wait till they get into their teens! If you do the hard work now, gain their trust and get the boundaries firmly set for safe internet usage, then you will find it easier later on.
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Suzanne
Hi Marti, firstly I'd like to say well done for posting this because too many parents just bury their heads in the sand and hope the Internet and social media is going to go away! Now, to your question - being a parent now with all this bullying on social media is terrifying and can seem impossible but if I was going to give you one piece of advice that you should take away from here would be this.....make sure that your children can come and talk to you about ANYTHING, absolutely anything. This will give you greatest chance of being able to intervene if your children should come across anything unsavoury online. I also found the "Help Centre" very useful on the main Cybersmile site. Here's a link www.cybersmile.org/advice-help. Good luck Marti and please do keep us posted on their growth online!
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JoDragon
Heya. It is possible to set up parental controls on your computer. There lots of guids online how you can do this. It can also give you the chance to block certain websites and keywords in searches. Social media is actually not allowed for children under 13 although a majority still do. Just make sure they know what to look out for and not add anyone they don't know in person if they are on them. Also popping your head in from time to time can help discourage anything they shouldn't be doing and you can see if anything is bothering them and pick up on it before they feel like it gets out of control.