FIVE TIPS FOR DIGITAL SAFETY FROM AVG’S STEPHEN SIMPSON:
- Speak openly with your children about their friends online and the websites they use. Open the conversation with an enquiry about the ‘newest trends’ or latest websites.
- Have the family computer in a location that can be easily viewed by other family members – communal living areas are ideal.
- If you suspect your child is being bullied or victimized online, contact the relevant help line, like for instance: www.bullying.co.uk, www.stopbullying.gov and www.cyberbullying.us
- Discuss with your children what personal details they think are acceptable to share, and let them know why some details are better kept private.
- Log on yourself! Become familiar with the sites and social networks your child is using. This will help you understand what your child might be doing online, and enable you to identify possible dangers before they occur.
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