kids internet safety

Summer holidays are finally here and as we start thinking of ways to keep our children busy for six whole weeks, we also need to think about the ways in which they may attempt to keep themselves entertained.
Parents and carers instinctively protect children in the real world, and keeping kids safe online is just as important, and with a little preparation and the right solution for you as a family, can become second nature too.
The number of internet-connected devices in your home is forever growing and at a rapid pace - in fact, the number of mobile devices is soon set to exceed the world's population. And, it's no longer just laptops, computers and mobile devices that connect to the internet.
Bullying isn't new, of course. But technology has made it easier than ever before for bullies to attack the vulnerable. And the widespread over-sharing on social networks in today's society has unwittingly thrown fuel on the fire.
Using the internet to chat with friends or play games online has become just as normal for many children as getting up to go to school. With millions of children browsing the web the questions I suspect many parents will ask themselves are: What does my child do when they go online? Are they browsing web sites I should be concerned about?
Discussions about online filters focus on the privacy and civil liberties of adults. In the child protection sector, however, we are not losing sight of the fact that while these optional household filters are far from a silver bullet for keeping children safe online, they certainly help.
With internet safety top of the agenda, Safer Internet Day is the perfect opportunity to kick start a year of excellence in internet safety education.
Today, there is no 'Chip Paper', unlike old print media, with the Internet, everything you put on the Internet is there, potentially, forever, affecting your future educational, career and even relationship prospects. Which is quite a burden for the average pre-teen.