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Keeping Your Children Safe Online

We’ve teamed up with Blackpool & The Fylde College to help advise you on keeping children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.

See below for quick links to a number of main issues online:

The internet is truly one of the most inspiring environments of the modern age, it opens up endless possibilities for children to play, learn, create and connect. However, with the digital world changing so quickly, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe and not being exposed to potentially harmful content?

That’s where we come in. Whether you’re an expert or you’re not sure where to start, see listed below a number of key steps to help advise you on keeping your children safe.

Parental controls are software and tools which you can install on phones or tablets, games consoles or laptops – and even your home broadband. You can also use them to help you block or filter the content your child sees when searching online. And family-friendly public WiFi can help when you’re out and about.

TIP: Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more here

For further information on how to setup please click here

It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know exactly how your children are interacting with these online portals. Anything from online purchases to sharing your physical location is possible. Click here to find out how you can be more aware.

TIP: Click here to see some of the most popular social networks, apps and games in today's digital world.

You might find it helpful to start with a family discussion to set boundaries and agree what's appropriate. Or you might need a more specific conversation about an app or website your child wants to use or something you're worried about.

Talk about what might be OK for children of different ages. Ask your child what sites or apps they like. Write a list, and look at them together.

TIP: If you're not sure where to start then click here for more information

For more indepth advice please visit the NSPCC website or internetmatters.org as referenced in our guide.

       

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