How to include your kids in their online safety

mother and son using digital media

The line between the online world and the real world has never been thinner.

The protection you put on your child's phone not only keeps your kids away from online threats in the virtual world, it can keep them out of danger on the streets as well.

Think about all of the things our smartphones can do, and for most of us this sort of tool just didn't exist when we were growing up. And while you may be more aware of the threats your kids may face online and in the real world, your kids probably have a much better idea of how to use their favourite apps and websites than you do.

This is why F-Secure designed the 'Family Rules' feature that can be found in our SuperSafe internet security product.

When installing SuperSafe on to your kids' devices, Family Rules helps you to walk through and explain the dangers that your child may encounter when on the web, so you can guide them through the dos and don'ts.

Family Rules has some really neat features and provides parents with a set of tools that enable you to manage your kids screen time, filter content to prevent them from accessing undesirable websites, and even locate their mobile devices remotely.

Good digital parenting isn't just about establishing boundaries, parents have to help themselves as well to see what their kids find online.

If your children use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp or any other social media to communicate, you should use it, too. You don't need to be an expert, but you should familiarise yourself with how these apps work and why your kids like them. Plus, by letting your children know you're on the site, they then know that you may see anything they do online.

This first-hand knowledge can give you the understanding to continue the conversation about online safety that will only end when childhood does.​

TalkTalk customers can use SuperSafe powered by F-Secure to protect all of their family's devices. Eight-device protection is £2 per month (and it's worth £99 a year). Log in to My Account, select the package you want, and you will receive an email from F-Secure to install it on your device for full protection.

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