Keeping children safe online

IGS Digital Innovator and Cyber Ed Coordinator David Smith is urging families to be vigilant regarding eSafety.

This eSafety guide is an invaluable guide for any parent with practical tips,” David said.

The global impact of COVID-19 means young people will be spending more time at home — and more time online. There are lots of great ways children can use connected devices to learn and play, but there are also risks.

As parents and carers, you have the best opportunity to support and guide your children to avoid online risks and have safer experiences. Governments and industry also have a role to play in making sure the online world is a safe place to be.

This guide covers some of the key online safety issues for young people and includes a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. 

It highlights important points on:

  • Screen time
  • Media misinformation and scams
  • Parental controls and safe search options
  • Unwanted contact and grooming
  • Gaming
  • Cyberbullying.

This unprecedented remote learning at home has many children spending countless hours online either learning or recreational. Students and parents need to be aware of numerous scams, fake news and unwanted contacts that groom children and will play on this remote learning time.

“Parents need to make sure they have conversations with their children about privacy settings and the importance of talking with a trusted adult about anything unusual online,” David said.