Worried your child might see something inappropriate online?
Find out how to help your child navigate the web safely with this advice from Thinkuknow.
There’s no watershed, ‘top shelf’ or ID required online but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect your child from adult content. Find out how to help them navigate the web safely.
Things they might see
The internet is a public and open place, one where anybody can post and share content. This is part of the fun but it does mean that your child might see something that is intended for adults which might confuse or upset them. This could be violent or sexual content, extreme opinion or inappropriate advertising.
No matter how young your child is, if they are using the internet you will need to have the conversation with them about ‘things they might see’ online.
You can’t always be there when your child is using internet enabled devices – even though it is advisable as much as possible when your child is at primary age. So it is important that your child knows that they can come to you if something online confuses or upsets them.
Children often tell us that a reason they don’t tell a parent or carer when something goes wrong or upsets them online is because they are worried the adult will over react and take their technology away from them.
Set the search engine (e.g. Google, Bing, etc.) they use to a ‘safe’ mode. This means that the search engine will look to block any obvious adult content and not provide it in search results.
YouTube is particularly popular with primary aged children but think about the range of content they can be exposed to on it. Distressing news stories and other adult content will often appear on YouTube so don’t use YouTube as a TV. It is all too easy for children to click on related videos and end up watching something more adult so make sure you supervise younger children using it. It is also advisable that you set YouTube search to ‘safe mode’. You can find out how in the YouTube safety centre.
Remember, parental controls and filters are just tools. They are not 100% accurate and are no substitute for open and honest conversations with your child.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.The information from this article is taken from thinkuknow.co.uk and shared with on Stockport Mumbler with their permission.