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Your Guide To Help Keeping Your Grandchildren Safe Online This Summer

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posted August 13th 2018

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to help parents and grandparents keep their children safe online. It was founded by the UK’s four major broadband providers; BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and partners with the BBC, EE, Facebook, Google and Huawei.

This summer, Internet Matters are urging us to get involved with the digital lives of our grandchildren to help keep them safe during the summer holidays.

With more and more of our grandchildren using the internet, whether this be to keep in touch with friends over Snapchat and Instagram, or play the latest games such as Fortnite and Roblox, we need to be more in tune than ever and be able to recognise the risks they face online.

To support us Internet Matters have pulled together a new guide with simple-to-understand tips on some of the biggest issues our grandchildren face including the challenges of screentime, livestreaming and cyberbullying.

Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, said: “We hope our guide will give grandparents a rounded picture of the things to look out for and give them confidence to learn more about the future generations’ online habits. We’d love to see grandparents and their grandchildren exploring the internet together in the safest way possible.”

Here’s five quick tips to get you started:

1. Know the rules and stick to them:
Get to grips with what rules are in place for your grandchild when it comes to their technology. Try and keep consistent messaging while you’re looking after your grandchild so they have the same
rules surrounding their technology use and what they can and can’t do online.

2. Gen Up on Your Technology:
Get to grips with what devices your grandchildren use – from a smartphone to tablet and ensure you know how they work.

3. Understand if the tech they’re using is age-appropriate:
Talk to your grandchild about what apps, games and sites they are using and make sure you know that whatever they are doing is age-appropriate.

4. Check Parental Controls:
Many parents set parental controls through their broadband – make sure that parental controls are in place on your broadband where necessary.

5. Be prepared if something goes wrong:
Have an action plan in place if they come across something that upsets them online – offer a listen ear so they are able to come to you with concerns and together work out the best way to support them (whether it’s reassurance, setting controls or reporting the
incident).

The full guide for grandparents is divided up across nine categories: screen time, online gaming, parental controls, cyberbullying, sexting, live-streaming, inappropriate content, peer pressure and location settings. The new guide can be found here.
Take a look and let us know what you think.

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