Think you’re savvy with social media? The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online and you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe. If you’re looking for good advice the websites below are a great place to start!

The Vodafone Parent Zone has excellent checklists that help you know what is appropriate for children at different ages.

We are aware that some of our children currently use Instagram and Snapchat. These do have a minimum age of 13, as do most other social media apps, but many younger children use the service. Whether these apps are “safe” or not depends on how they are used. Advice to help you manage the risk and keep your child safe online can be found at https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

Gaming devices provide a variety of interesting activities and ways for young people to engage with their friends and families. However, it is important to be aware of what these devices can do and how you can talk with your child to help them to use this technology in safe and positive way.

All modern gaming devices offer parental controls to help you manage how your child uses their device, but these do need to be set up in order for them to be operational.