Here are our Top Tips for helping your children avoid potentially negative consequences from being online.
These tips are NOT in order of importance, they are all important.
- Talk with your children from a young age about their use of technology. Be interested and involved so these conversations form a natural part of family discussions into the future.
- Keep computers in areas of your house where everyone has access and you can easily see the screen. Remember laptops, mobile phones, games and other forms of technology can be connected anywhere in your home if you have wireless access, even bedrooms and bathrooms!
- Visit cyber space yourself. Stay as updated as you can. Ask your children where they are having fun in cyber space and try it yourself. Model appropriate use of technology. more information
- Make an online agreement with your child. Agree on what is and is not acceptable use of technology. Discuss with your child the consequences of breaking this agreement.
- Keep technology out of bedrooms after bedtime. Sleep is essential for growing bodies. Help your child to establish a good sleep routine uninterrupted by messages and calls or the internet.
- Trust is important; however, you need to know where your children are online. Talk to them regularly about the places they like to go online.
- Look for changes in behaviour that may indicate problems. Subtle changes in your child’s behaviour may be indicators of problems. Talk with your child about these changes.
- Ask questions. Get to know your children’s online friends and encourage your children to only have online friends who they also know offline.
- Encourage your children to not share their passwords with anyone – other than you, if that is a part of your online agreement.
- Search for your child’s name online. What is written in cyber space about your child? Put his/her name in “inverted commas” for a more specific search. Use a search engine like Google or Yahoo!
- Listen non-judgmentally to what you child is saying, stay calm and work with your child to solve the problem together. Ask your child what they have done to try and solve the problem. Offer suggestions rather than taking away the technology. If you take away the technology your children will probably stop telling you if there is a problem. Ask for help from organisations such as your child’s school, counselling services and Kids Helpline.
Popular App Guide for Parents and Teachers
Click here to learn about some of the more popular apps young people are using these days.
Google’s “Reverse image search”
Allows you to use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web.
How reverse image search works
When you search using an image, your search results may include:
- Similar images
- Sites that include the image
- Other sizes of the image you searched for
Click here for more information on how “Reverse image search” works.