Safer Internet Day with 39D: Empowering Parents and Carers

As part of our commitment to digital wellbeing, 39D champions safer use of the internet, highlighting the importance of creating a secure online environment for children. Safer Internet Day is a global initiative which encourages the responsible use of technology, aiming to foster positive digital experiences for young users.

Practical Tips for Parents and Carers:

Dialogue and education: Engage in open dialogues with children about their online experiences, their favourite app and games, and their online friends.  Educate them on the benefits and risks of internet use, emphasizing the importance of digital etiquette.

Be proactive:  Research the channels they follow and check out the apps and games, so you are clear what they are, and understand their suitability for your child. Be aware of any reporting procedures, and protection available on these platforms.  

Set Clear Digital Boundaries: Establish rules that govern screen time, acceptable websites, and online activities. It’s crucial to create a healthy balance between digital and offline experiences.

Highlight the Importance of Privacy: Teach children not to share personal information online. Personal information is like a piece of a jigsaw – the more pieces you have the better the picture of the subject! Discuss the concept of digital footprints and the long-term impact of online activities. 

Encourage Critical Thinking: Urge children to think critically about the information they encounter online. Teach them to question reliability and to differentiate between credible and misleading content.

Utilize Parental Controls: Use built-in parental controls and third-party tools to monitor and manage children’s internet access. These tools can help filter content and protect against inappropriate material.

Promote Positive Online Interactions: Discuss the importance of kindness and respect in all online communications. Encourage children to speak up against cyberbullying and to support peers who may be targeted.

Lead by Example: Demonstrate responsible internet use in your own habits. Children often emulate adult behaviours, so set a positive example for them to follow.

Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest in internet safety practices and digital trends and understand the latest threats. This knowledge will empower you to better guide your children through the digital landscape.

Safer Internet Day serves as a valuable reminder of our collective responsibility to ensure the internet remains a safe, respectful, and enriching space for our children. At 39D, we’re here to support you with the tools and knowledge to navigate this journey confidently.

For more detailed information and resources on internet safety, please visit Safer Internet Day’s official website.  https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2024/parents-and-carers