August 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Four simple ways to help your children study safely online
As students head back to the classroom with their mobile devices and laptops in hand, it is important to ask yourself (as a parent) how comfortable you feel about your child owning a device that connects to the Internet. We are all aware of the potential threats that lurk in the online world.
It's crucial to protect our children, but how can we avoid the online dangers? Here are four simple ways you can keep your children safe online, whether they are doing their homework, gaming or browsing.
1. Use Internet security software to protect from viruses and other malicious software
Install up-to-date security software onto your children's devices, including their smartphones and tablets. TalkTalk’s SuperSafe Boost includes Online Defence internet security which protects up to 10 of the family’s mobiles, tablets, PCs and Macs.
2. Use the Family Rules features included within SuperSafe Online Defence
Family Rules helps parents create a healthy online environment for their children by using the following useful tools:
Time limits lets parents choose when it's the right time for a child to put their device away. For example, the internet and chosen apps can be disabled at 8pm on weeknights and at 10pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.
App Control lets parents see what apps their children have installed, and decide whether they should be blocked, allowed, or have their use restricted by time limits.
Content Blocking lets parents make decisions about the content they feel their child is old enough to see.
Finder allows parents to locate their children's devices and view them on the map. It has even been used to locate children who have gotten lost on the way home from a friend's house!
If there's one tip we can give to parents who use Family Rules, it's this: sit down with your child, set your family rules together and prepare them to take control over their own online lives.
3. Be aware of online predators
Speak to your children about the risks of talking to people they don't know online. Let them know they can always come to you if they are worried about anything, such as cyber bullying or unwanted attention from strangers. Regular and open conversation is the best way to keep an eye on your child's online life. You may not understand the latest app they and their friends are obsessed with but ask about it. They will only share it with you if they think you are really interested and not grilling them.
4. Encourage them to be social but safe
These days, children are more tech savvy than their parents, so acknowledge and encourage it.
However, don't think that kids' online and offline lives are completely separate. It is important to remind your children not to share any private information on Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, WhatsApp, among other social platforms. Privacy settings on these sites can be confusing and frequently change, so check their accounts regularly to ensure they are not open to the public. Your school days may be far behind you, but there is still homework to do when it comes to keeping your family safe online.
TalkTalk customers can get SuperSafe Boost internet security by logging in to My Account and selecting SuperSafe Boost for just £3 per month. SuperSafe Boost includes Online Defence internet security which protects up to 10 of your family’s mobiles, tablets and laptops from internet nasties, plus a really helpful Password Manager to make logging in to your online accounts safe and easy – all of which is worth over £140 a year.