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Online safety for children

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marionh Thu 09-May-13 11:25:39

Hello I hope I am posting this in the right place. My 13 year old granddaughter spends a lot of time online and I do worry about her safety. My daughter is not very clued in to these things and seems to think it will all be fine - but I wonder if there is anything we should be doing to keep her safe. Her little brother (8) has also started to spend time on the computer and I don't know how best to keep him away from things that are not suitable for that age group. You read such awful things about chat rooms and porn sites. Or am I being paranoid (I hope not)

jiggle Thu 09-May-13 11:27:26

Helo Marion - I don't think you are being paranoid - but very sensible. Someone pointed me in the direction of this

I found it useful and you may too. Best wishes

whenim64 Thu 09-May-13 11:36:46

No, of course you're not being paranoid marion. If nothing else, at least ensure they use the computer is the same room as adults and not their bedroom. Praising them for noticing anything unsuitable for children gives the adults an opportunity to explain a little at a time.

vegasmags Thu 09-May-13 11:44:27

Marion - I think you are right to be concerned. There are parental controls that would probably be OK for the 8 year old but as regards your GD it would probably be a good idea to discuss with her the pitfalls of facebook/twitter and so on. If your daughter doesn't feel up to the task, it might be an idea to mention it at her school. I'm sure it's a common problem and one that an IT teacher might like to address with the children or give advice to the parents. I wouldn't personally be keen on such a young teenager having a facebook account but this is very much an individual thing, as some kids of that age can be very mature.

Mishap Thu 09-May-13 13:51:08

I goggled "clown fish" for my 4 year old GS and one of the options was "Have sex with a clown fish" - I really had thought this was a pretty safe search!

annodomini Thu 09-May-13 14:39:59

I Googled toy shops once and you can guess what kind of 'toys' came up - a real eye-opener! blush