Online safety for children is a real worry. Personally, I much prefer to keep my mindees away from it altogether and their introduction to technology comes from toys such as v-tech touch and learn tablets and laptops and learning computers and other child specific electronic learning toys.
Here at Aston Childcare a laptop is provided for children wishing to access the internet or hone their IT skills! The laptop is installed with special child safety software to ensure children are kept safe online. One of my fears as a new parent is my child growing up in a world prevalent with the internet and social media. The simple “zip it, block it, flag it” message encourages children to:
- Zip it – keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
- Block it – block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments
- Flag it – flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline
There are some more helpful pointers about internet safety online for parents on the NSPCC website – http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/