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Keeping your family safe online

Internet Safety

The internet is always changing, and keeping up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel your children have better technical skills than you do, however, children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Children now spend just over 2 hours a day online. Ofcom report that children are more likely to be watching YouTube and subscription on-demand services such as Netflix than live television.

Recent reports show that 1 in 5 teenagers have experienced cyber-bullying (bullying on the internet) – and are more likely to be depressed, anxious and lonely as a result. Talking about staying safe online is something all families need to be doing.

Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 5 February and aims to raise awareness of the importance of being informed and helping families talk about the internet.

Many schools in Poole hold internet safety workshops for parents which can be a real eye opener on children’s online activity for even the most technically minded parents! Contact your school to find out more.

If you cannot make a workshop check out the Internet Safety Guide for Parents and Carers.

Visit the Protecting Children page on the FID for further information on keeping your child safe.

29 January 2019

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