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Internet Safety Checklist for Young Children - A Parents Guide
Be clear what your child can and can't do online - where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. If they are happy to, ask them to show you. Talk to them about being a good friend online.
put yourself in control
Install parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. Set a user account for your child on the main device they use and make sure other accounts in the household are password-protected so that younger children can't access them by accident.
use airplane mode
Use airplane mode on your devices when your child is using them so they can't make any unapproved purchases or interact with anyone online without your knowledge.
check if its suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they are suitable for your child. For example, the minimum age limit is 13 for several social media networking sites including Facebook and Instagram. Although sites aimed at under - 10's like Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin also have social networking elements.
Use safe search engines such as Swiggle or Kids-search. You can save time by adding these to your 'Favourites'. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can also use a filter website such as ViewPure to remove adverts from YouTube videos.
Did you know there is a YouTube kids app? Available on Android and Apple app stores, this make YouTube safer for children.