Online safety? It's up to the parents, says Tanya Byron
Friday, January 23, 2009 4:52 PM
Go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/4308095/Online-safety-Its-up-to-the-parents-says-Tanya-Byron.html to read Professor Byron's comments on e-safety. Her tips for parents on 'surfing with security' are:
Treat the online world as you would the real world: make sure you know something about what you're children are doing.
Ask your children to show you at least some of what they do a computer, but respect their right to privacy.
Put the family computer in a public place.
Use a filtering programme (see Best Buy, right) to make sure your children can't access potentially disturbing content online.
Treat the internet primarily as a resource. If your children use it to help each other with their homework, for example, ask how best to manage that, rather than assuming it's a bad thing.