Staying at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives means we are spending more time online.
This means we must all be extra vigilant, follow good security practice and make sure our children are safe too. It’s also important that we check the facts behind what we read and remember to take regular breaks.
Spending time online can be very beneficial for children, particularly at the moment, but we recognise that many parents may worry about online safety.
To help you stay safe:
MAKE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROLS
If you have downloaded new apps or bought new devices like web cams or tablets, remember to adjust the privacy and security settings to suit you.
HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT STAYING SAFE ONLINE
- Most children have a positive experience online, accessing educational resources and entertainment and connecting with friends and family.
- Encourage your child to speak to you or a trusted adult if they come across content that makes them uncomfortable.
CHECK YOUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY SETTINGS
- Adjust privacy and safety settings to increase security and control the personal data you share. Look for the ‘privacy and security’ or ‘settings’ on the app or website.
BLOCK UNSUITABLE CONTENT
- It is important to understand the website or app you are using and how they do things – find out in their terms and conditions.
PROTECT AGAINST FRAUD
- Criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam innocent people. Beware of fraud and scams online including COVID-19 related phishing emails and text messages.
- Do not give out your personal information to websites or in response to emails/text messages you do not recognise or trust.
TAKE A BREAK
- It is easy to feel overwhelmed with information at this time. 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried.
- It’s important to take a step back and think about how this is affecting you. If it is, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak.
- Check in at set times or a few times a day. There are a range of tools available to help you manage screen time.
Take regular breaks from your screens. Remember you are allowed to leave your house for one form of exercise a day – alone or with members of your household. Use this time to switch off from your online devices.