10 Tips for Parents

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TUESDAY marks the 10th anniversary of world Safer Internet Day, when Webwise.ie will be coordinating a campaign to tackle cyber-bullying. Webwise is the National Centre for Technology in Education's internet safety initiative. It reports that 98 per cent of young people here use the internet, with 44 per cent online every day. It recommends that the most important thing parents can do to reduce the online risks is to engage with their children's digital lifestyle. The following is their top ten tips for safe internet usage. | DISCOVER the internet together: Be the one to introduce your child to the internet. This could make it easier to share both positive and negative experiences in the future. | AGREE with your child on rules for internet use. Try to reach an agreement with your child on how long they should spend online and what types of sites and activities are OK. |ENCOURAGE your child to be careful when disclosing personal information. They should be selective about what personal information and photos they post to online spaces. Once material is online, it is subject to all kinds of unauthorised use. | TALK about the risks associated with meeting online friends. Young people are making friends online but they should only physically meet these strangers in the company of an adult or others they trust. …