Telstra Safe Social™ service – Protecting Kids Online
We launched Telstra Safe Social™ earlier this week. The best thing about the tool is that it can help make it easy for parents to start a conversation with their kids about who they are chatting with online and stay aware of potentially risky situations.
This step-by-step guide takes you through how to sign up and use Telstra Safe Social™ service.
Telstra’s top 10 tips for parents to help protect your kids in the online world:
- Understand the sites and technology your kids use and know who they’re talking to.
- Create a list of online ‘rules’ with the family e.g. time limits, list of OK sites to visit.
- Educate your kids so they know not to give out personal details online without parental knowledge.
- Make sure your kids know what to do and where to go if they encounter cyber-bullying.
- Regularly sit with your kids when they are on the internet. Let them know you are interested and keen to understand their online activity.
- Advise your kids to take extreme caution and keep online friendships online, and to never agree to meet their ‘online’ friends without parental supervision.
- Talk with your family about the risks of internet use, particularly in chat rooms.
- Reinforce positive behaviour and values, such as being respectful of others.
- Don’t ignore new technologies – kids and teens will use them, if not at home then at their friends’ houses or in the schoolyard. Ask your child to give you a lesson on sites or internet gadgets you may not be familiar with.
- Install software or subscribe to services that can filter content and block offensive websites. Visit BigPond.com for more information and to find a suitable product.