The Line, an Australian government website that helps young adults decide where they draw the line in lots of areas of their lives, has developed an online behaviour fact sheet designed for parents. Included are ten tips to protect kids online:
- Limit the time they spend online – set clear boundaries and stick to them
- Get protector software on your computers that blocks access to risky sites.
- Get involved with, and understand the technology your child is using
- Direct your kid to age-appropriate sites and find out about the sites they are visiting
- Allow internet use only in shared family areas at home
- Explain that they must not give out their phone number or address online at any time
- Encourage them to report behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid.
- Without scaring them, explain that stranger danger also works online.
- Ask your child to let you know if someone your child has met online wants to get in contact or meet face to face.
- Make sure they understand what behaviour is acceptable online, both from them and others.
Read the whole fact sheet here.