Protect your grandkids online these school holidays
DO YOU know what to do when you think your grandkids may be getting into strife online? Australia's eSafety Commission has tips for you to use these school holidays if you are concerned for your grandchildren's wellbeing.
Here's some eSafety advice for grandparents about keeping their grandkids safe online:
Get involved - share time online with your grandkids and get to know the games and apps they are using.
Set some rules - set age-appropriate rules for using devices and try to strike the right balance between online and offline time.
Help them protect their privacy - encourage your grandkids to use privacy settings on social media and to restrict information to friends only.
Use parental controls on devices to help monitor and limit what they do.
Teach them to be alert for signs of inappropriate contact - these signs can include someone asking them lots of questions about personal information, asking which room their device is in, asking for favours, or offering them gifts.
Build an open and trusting relationship - let your grandkids know they can come to you if something goes wrong online.
Share essential life skills - it's so important to teach young people about the values we want them to carry out in both their online and offline lives, like respect, responsibility, reasoning and resilience.
More tips and advice for anyone caring for children can be found at esafety.gov.au/parents.
To keep up to speed with your tech-savvy grandchildren, visit beconnected.esafety.gov.au where you can build your confidence and skills for navigating the online world safely, through a range of courses, how-to videos and assessment tools.