Tips to keep children safe online (11-16 years old). The COVID-19 pandemic poses cyber risks, particularly to children whose lives are increasingly being moved online due to school closures and strict containment measures. More than 1.5 billion children and young people have been affected by school closures worldwide and more families are relying on technology and digital solutions to keep children entertained and learning. Despite the benefits of such online resources in these times, increased and unstructured time online may expose children to potentially harmful and violent content. Unfortunately, not all children have the requisite knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe online. We share insight on how to Be-Cyber-Smart; the actions that can help mitigate online risks for children during COVID-19.
— Have conversations about online safety. Behonest and build trust, explain why it is important to be careful while online.
— Practice what you preach, set a good example with your own online presence.
— Review your child’sinternet activity and social media accounts.
— Ask your child questions about what she/he does online, such as what sites they visit and who they talk to.
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