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How to protect your kids online


Protecting your child online can be a daunting task, where do I start? What do I do? What am I looking for? As if mums didn’t have enough to worry about before the internet… 

There are some pretty horrifying statistics out there and I won’t worry you too much but this one is pretty alarming: Over half of all kids (57%) have accidentally accessed inappropriate content online. Over half! 

Just what are our children getting exposed to when browsing the internet? Sex? Violence? Cyber bullying? It’s enough to make any mother keel over in a wave of anxiety induced nausea. 

Before you chuck the computer through the window or throw the laptop into the fire, read this first. There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your kids are better protected online. 

Wise up 

Make sure you get to know the technologies your children are using and you’ll be better placed to talk to them about their internet use and understand the potential risks yourself. 

Discuss the risks 

Talk to your children about the risks out there so they also understand the potential dangers of unlimited internet access. Remind them not to talk to strangers online! 

Set some ground rules 

Now you can try and agree on some ground rules such as what websites they can and can’t visit. A good idea is to post them next to the computer, maybe along with a big watchful eye… 

How do I enforce these rules? 

Blocking content before your child can see it is one of the best modes of defence. You can buy various packages that let you do this along with a number of other things such as social network monitoring. 

Move the computer 

If it’s not already, place the computer in a family room rather than a bedroom. This way your children will be more likely to abide by the rules you’ve agreed. 

Remember that regardless of the shiny new software you’ve bought, nothing can replace your own supervision and involvement! It may all seem a bit ‘big brother’ or ‘1984-esq’, but remember this is for their own good! 

Hopefully all of the questions asked at the start have been answered, but if you’re still unsure you can find some more information here: 
This is a guest post, written by Tom Bond, on behalf of  BedzRUs. BedzRUs offers cheap prices on a wide range of  beds  and mattresses and stock a variety of big brand names.



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49 comments

  1. I try and block images before they are seen. But my security package will only cover x amount of computers etc.

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  2. gd tips thank u

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  3. Luckily Ava isn't old enough yet but when she is I'll be using these tips to keep her safe!x

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  4. Useful information for every parent x

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  5. when my grandchildren use my phone they know to put it on the setting so they cant go online at home their computer has settings that restrict them
    @bella97p

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  6. Catherine McAlinden1 November 2013 at 14:29

    Very useful.

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  7. useful tips, always important to make sure little ones are safe online!

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  8. Thanks, I am dreading the age when she is more independent, hopefully these tips will help

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  9. safety online is vital for little ones

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  10. this is so important, i opened a link recently and it had been hacked, the image was two men having sex. i would hate it if my kids saw something like that

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  11. It's so important to keep children safe online...................too many bad people out there

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  12. Brilliant tips Ill be sure to use them when My children are old enough to use the internet :) xx

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  13. Very informative - thanks!

    stacey.tripconey@yahoo.com

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  14. Great advice for such a difficult area to keep our kids safe nowadays and all advice is gladly accepted I hope they teach these things in school too

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  16. This is something often missed by technophobic parents so well done for giving us this useful advice thank you

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  17. really useful as in these days it is very important to protect your children on line

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  18. I think it's so important to keep an eye on what your children are doing online these days, Great tips :)

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  19. Tracy Alder-Ashwin5 November 2013 at 21:37

    Really helpful tips. Thanks

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  20. Really interesting thanks! Amy Ripley

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  21. christine shelley6 November 2013 at 09:17

    So important thnaks for the help

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  22. Very important information , thanks .

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  23. lots of great tips thank you

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  24. Great tips and some I already follow. My son is now 8 and it is worrying. His PC is next to mine and I do keep an eye on what he is doing. Just watching videos on YouTube can have horrible comments underneath it.

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  25. These are the usual tips / advice. Technology seems to change / update at a fast rate. Life for most people nowadays is also fast paced. Children are so important, I personally would like to see the Government and manufacturers / businesses etc PUT CHILDREN FIRST. Financial profits may pay the bills and provide some thrills for some. But Please do not allow CHILDREN to be 'At Risk'.
    Provision of safeguards is essential, children are precious. It would be nice for children and families to be safe and feel safe in regards to internet / computer use.

    Rachel Craig

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  26. Great tips...You can never be too careful.

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  27. Really useful tips, much needed in this day and age x

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  28. Thanks for sharing these tips... :-)

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