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5 New Year resolution ideas to help your children to be safe online

9th January 2018

Thinking of New Year resolution ideas can be a difficult task, but if done correctly, they can be a powerful way of identifying the changes we want to see in our lives. Most commonly, New Year resolution ideas involve losing weight, eating healthier, cutting back on chocolate or exercising more frequently. However, most of you have probably made these same resolutions every year for the past ten years and either found it difficult to stick to them, broke them within a few days or were still not happy with the results. This year, why not make a different type of resolution for 2018 to proactively help your children to be safe online?

Here at Impero, we have come up with 5 new year resolution ideas to help your children to be safe online when using their latest digital technology.

Before you can protect and teach your child to be safe online, you much understand how the internet, your computer and the latest digital technology works yourself. This new year, perhaps take up a new class on the latest digital technology, or spend a few days reading up on the sites your children actively use.

If you’re not already monitoring your child’s use of digital media, the new year is a great time for you to take control of your child’s technology use. Create rules for when and how long they are allowed to go online or use their latest digital technology devices for. Perhaps set a time each evening or weekend, and stick to it.

It is important for you to ensure that your children know how to be safe online. Talk honestly with them about what they might encounter, and make sure they are aware of who they can speak to if they do have any concerns.  Don’t be afraid to talk openly about issues that may be embarrassing, such as pornography or sexting.

Install extensive parental controls before your child begins to use their latest digital technology. These can be used to regulate and filter different areas that you don’t want your children having access to, including websites, apps and social media.

In order for your children to be safe online, you must take the time to make sure their social media profiles and applications are secure. Privacy settings can be updated and changed all the time, so you must keep a regular check on them to ensure your child is not sharing their entire lives with strangers.  Key areas to double check and control include who can see their profile and posts, who can send them friend requests and who can see their location.

These New Year resolution ideas don’t cost any money, and most only take a few minutes of your time, but overall they can help your children to be safe online in today’s digital device-dominated world. Tweet us to let us know what New Year resolution you have made!

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