ISPs urge parents to manage their children’s access to Internet; and top tips to keep your child safe online. [Techienews.co.uk, by Ravi Mandalia, 14/05/14]

ISPs in the UK including BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have urged parents to manage their children’s access to Internet rather than blocking it straight out and has provided tips to keep their children safe online.

By launching child internet safety organisation dubbed Internet Matters, the ISPs have offering advice to parents on ways to shield their young ones against cyber bullying, sexting, online grooming as well as pornographic content.

ISPs have urged parents to manage rather than blocking their child’s access to the Internet by carrying out monitoring activities including checking on websites visited through browser history; parental control software; deletion of social profiles of their children which are no longer in use; and encouraging their kids to ignore and block cyber bullies rather than getting involved in a confrontation.

Top tips to keep your child safe online

  1. Set parental controls on all the devices used by your child – be it laptop, desktop or even handhelds including smartphone and tablets.
  2. Educate and encourage your kids to use child-friendly online search engines. You can enable safe search option and tweak the settings in browsers like Google and Bing. You can even set safety mode in popular apps such as YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, etc.
  3. Educate your kids about cyberbullying. Cyber bullies feed on reactions so educate and encourage your child to not to reply to bullies thereby making an active choice of not handing over power to cyber bullies.
  4. Keep an eye on browsing habits of your child by checking history of the web browser they use.
  5. Use built-in privacy tools to ensure adequate privacy of your child on social media platforms and block anyone who is cyberbullying them.
  6. Remind your child that anyone whom they have met online might feel like a friend, but they may not be who they are claim to be.
  7. Make it a habit to check information about your child on social media platforms and sites your child uses. In case you find inappropriate and inaccurate information about your child online, ask either the person who posted the information or the site administrator to get rid of the information.
  8. Keep an eye on the apps downloaded by your child on smartphones and tablets.
  9. If you child is not actively using a social network, it is advisable to delete the profile.
  10. Educate your child about online pornography and talk to them periodically as no filter is 100 percent effective.