Shielding Children From Bad Content
Tools like parental controls can help protect your kids from accessing inappropriate content,
but you can't verify everything they see on the internet. You need to help them avoid
inappropriate content and deal with it if they see it.
The first step is to talk to them about it.
Start a conversation about what kids see online
As soon as your child starts using the Internet, you should start talking about what they might
find there. Help them understand that sometimes they may come across things that they would
rather not see or would rather not see. Try to have these conversations regularly.
Explain age limits and inappropriate sites
Many sites have a minimum age limit of 13 - this includes sites like YouTube and Facebook.
Explain to your child that the age limits are there to protect you from inappropriate content.
Talk to other parents and at school
Ask other parents and your child's school what kind of rules they follow and what they
Agree on ground rules
Find out the kinds of things your child enjoys doing online, and figure out which websites and
apps are best for them. These should include the search engines they use to find information.
You can turn on Google Safe Search and set YouTube Safe Mode to make sure they are
seeing results appropriate for their age.
Be calm and reassuring
Let your child know that they can talk to you or a trusted adult if they find something that is
bothering them online.
Age verification on commercial porn sites
The government is set to implement a new age verification regime for commercial porn sites
at the end of 2018 to protect children online. Users will need to provide their credit card details
to verify that they are at least 18.
Encourage critical thinking
Help them think about why they like to do certain online activities to start building their critical
Talk about what's wrong and what's real
Show them that not everything they see online is true and check other so