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e-safety at home

There are many ways you can help with being Safe Online at home. Lots of different types of devices in the home are now internet connected, so it is very important that you know how to protect yourself and your family from potential issues online.

Home Broadband, Public Wi-Fi and Mobile Phones

All of Britain’s major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mobile Phone Operators now provide filtering systems which allow you to block any potentially harmful content from entering your home or mobile device.

For more information please visit the following site: Internet Matters - Parental Controls: Broadband and mobile networks

Video Games

Video Games are rated by PEGI, the Pan European Gaming Information Group. These are legally binding ratings in the EU. It is illegal for a store to knowingly sell an underage child a video game. You should always make sure that the games your child plays are appropriate for them and regularly check that they are not upset by the content or themes.

Games consoles and mobile devices that can play games all have parental control systems that can limit who your child can talk to online, what games and movies they can watch based on rating, as well as systems to limit the number of hours in a day, week or month the consoles are played for. Some even have hour limitations, so they can’t play between certain hours of the day.

For help with setting parental controls on consoles, please visit this link: Internet Matters - Parental Controls: entertainment

Devices

Children have access to a range of devices from a young age, but it is straightforward to put controls on their tablets and laptops to protect their children from age inappropriate materials when you know how.

These controls won’t stop all internet content, just content available from app stores such as the Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Store so need to be used in tandem with other tools such as internet filtering provided by your ISP.

There is a very helpful guide to help with most devices on the Internet Matters devices and computers page

Resources for parents:

If you would like to find out more about how to support your child to keep safe online you can find a lot of resources on these sites:

UK Safer Internet Centre      ThinkUKnowhttps://www.internetmatters.org/

And remember.... If you're not sure about something, please ask us or someone else you trust.

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