Top tips to keep your children safe online

We are supporting Safer Internet Day 2017 #SID2017For the third year running Crisp is joining over a thousand other organizations in the UK to support Safer Internet Day, #SID2017. This international day calls upon everyone from young people and parents to teachers and law enforcement to 'unite for a better internet'. 

To help make this vision a reality, we’re empowering parents and carers by giving simple tips to keep children safe from predators online.

Five practical ways to protect your children on social media

1. Take an interest in the sites and apps your kids use. That way you can gauge if they are appropriate for their age range, rather than just taking their word for it. You can also advise your kids on privacy and security when using them.

2. Encourage open, non-judgmental discussion with your kids when they encounter worrying situations online. If you just tell your child off rather than talk to them, there’s a good chance they won’t come to you again when they have an unsettling experience.

3. Set a good example to your kids with your own social media usage. If you’re on social media all evening, posting inappropriate content, or being abusive online, your kids are likely to mirror that behavior.

4. Watch what you share about your kids on social media. Do photos contain information in the background that could give away their location, or are they images which your kids may not thank you for sharing on the internet in 10 years?

5. Know where to go for help. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents and https://www.fosi.org/good-digital-parenting/ have a wealth of information for parents.