World Wide Web Day falls on 1st August 2017; it is a global celebration dedicated to web browsing. The World Wide Web (WWW) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 as a way for him to communicate with colleagues via hyperlinks. Today, WWW has become the main means of interaction, transaction and communication among humans. We celebrate World Wide Web Day by getting online, taking selfies for our social media platforms, taking notes from podcasts, holding VoIP conferences to discuss the weather whilst backing up our data to servers across the world and syncing photos for the whole family to see.
We very much rely on the World Wide Web, but are we teaching our children to be safe on it?
The National PTA and LifeLock created The Smart Talk, which is a free, online tool where you can create your own family agreement for technology use. It helps families set ground rules and have open, ongoing conversations about online safety and responsibility. The website leads you through a guided conversation about online safety and privacy; screen time; apps and downloads; texting and calling; and social media and respect. You answer questions about your desires as a parent and then the child answers questions as well. It then creates a printable contract to hold the parent and child accountable.
Important tips for keeping kids safe online:
- Devices should NOT be used in their rooms. This way parents can keep an eye on them and make sure the things they are doing online are appropriate.
- Make sure your children are using age appropriate websites, apps and shows. Common Sense Media is a great resource for knowing and learning what is appropriate.
- Create a folder on the device and designated it to your child so they know what apps they are allowed to use.
- Set time limits on their technology use. There are apps and controls that can help with this such as Time Lock which locks the account after a certain amount of time until the next day.
- Discuss with your children the things they are allowed to view, or things you do not want them to view. Sometimes accidents happen and with the internet being full of ‘trolls’ a link that may look innocent actually may not be. It’s a good idea to put measures in place that if anything inappropriate pops up than they turn it off and tell you right away.
- Talk to your children about never downloading files and programs without a parent present.
- Did you know you can install parental controls on your Wi-Fi which limits access to certain websites? (This is also a great tip for in the workplace!)
As your children move on to school get them to take a look at the CEOP’s Thinkuknow website.
Remember to have open talks regarding Internet safety and let us know what you do at your setting to tackle cyber safety.