Access to new tech has led to concern among parents about other content their child could access while using internet enabled technology for their schoolwork (50%)*. Network data from TalkTalk shows that the use of smart plugs, typically used to connect voice assistants to a power source, has increased by 47% over the past year***. Suggesting that the range of internet enabled technology available to young people at home is growing.
They advise a collaborative approach to back-to-school online safety: They advise a collaborative approach to back-to-school online safety:
- Practise open and honest conversations with your child, as it will mean they are more likely to approach you if they feel unsafe online.
- Ensure you are aware of the school’s online learning policy. Schools have now developed these for children’s safety, and you should be able to find it on your child’s school website.
- Set boundaries around when and for how long your child is allowed to use tech, which apps and websites they can access, who they can contact and how they should behave online. Agree this together so they feel part of the decision-making process.
- Make sure that they know what to do if they come across unpleasant content – depending on their age it may be more appropriate for them to tell you rather than try and deal with it themselves.
- Consider adding a web filter, such as TalkTalk’s HomeSafe feature, to your home Wi-Fi to block inappropriate content and set time limits for gaming and social media websites. You should also ensure that your security features are up to scratch.
If you would like more information about internet safety please go to www.internetmatters.org
* Research among 503 parents of children aged between 7-13 in August 2022 undertaken by Focal Data
** Research among 2,000 parents in February 2022 undertaken by Mortar Research
*** Internet Insights data taken from TalkTalk consumers between 2021 and 2022
Courtesy of Talk Talk