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It's normal to worry about your grandchildren and the internet. For one thing, they're mostly better at it than we are (it's one of the few areas where our wisdom is not in demand). Then there's the problem of negotiating with the parents - do you secretly think they use technology as free babysitting? Do they have rules they've forgotten to pass on? With this in mind, we've put together some online safety information and tips to help your grandchildren stay safe online.
Online risks aren't so different from offline risks.
Ask them questions about what they get out of their online activities, what sites they like visiting, and whether they see any risks.
Encourage them to share their concerns - you may be surprised by how aware they are of safety issues. Or you may gauge that there are serious concerns that they don't know how to share with their parents.
You may find they haven't thought about how to help their children handle technology happily - in which case you can point them in the right direction (when you've read our tips!) Or you may find they're well-organised and have simply forgotten to tell you.
It's a good idea to keep computers in a central place where you can keep an eye on their activities.
It doesn't! A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn't say something to someone's face, you shouldn't text it, email it, instant message it or post it as a comment on someone's Facebook page.
Just because it's written online, doesn't mean it's true. Reinforce what their schools are doing (or should be doing), and talk about distinguishing reliable sources from unreliable ones and how to verify information. You can do this by relating their experiences online to films they like or dislike, as an example - it's all part of sifting through and working out what matters, and developing judgement you can rely on.
Cutting and pasting something directly from a website may be plagiarism.
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