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Cyber Safety – What parents should do…

As the internet continues to form an inherent part of our social fabric and children go online at ever younger ages, parents need to arm themselves with tools to help guide their offspring through this exciting, though potentially daunting cyber-world. Internet usage by children has substantially increased over the last five to six years. Furthermore, children are also going online when they are younger. MCA’s latest study ‘Children’s Internet Use and Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children’s Online Experience’, states 99’4% of children in primary and secondary schools have access to the internet and 78% of children look to their parents for information related to the internet. These facts underline the importance of parental support and guidance when using the internet. ibrowsesafely.com.mt’s 6 Golden Rules Below are the other steps parents can take to help their children be safe online. Keep an open diologue with your child Set up parenting controls Spend time with your child using the technology they use Agree boundaries and set rules Keep up to date with technology Pay attention to age ratings when choosing activities for your child In the tumultuous and every-changing cyberworld, parents can take action to try and support their children in navigating the wide and sometimes scary world of the internet. The amount of information and the speed at which trends reverse can be overwhelming, especially for parents brought up in a more technologically-bereft age. Parents can take back some measure of control by following a few easy steps. The foundation of all of these is keeping an open dialogue. Speaking to your child about their internet usage is the best... read more