Our children learn things from us so how we as adults behave online affects how our children behave.
In terms of your own online reputation, nearly all of the advice for children is relevant for adults.
- Be careful what you share.
- Know who you’re sharing information with.
- Understand that whatever you share online you might lose control of.
- Always report abuse.
General things to think about for you and your family
Use the tools available to keep your family and your devices safer
- Set up parental controls. Some systems have them built in and are free, others you can pay for. You may want to look at several options and decide what’s best for your family.
- Keep your technology (including phones) up to date with security software.
- Use strong passwords that include letters, numbers and symbols and use different passwords for different accounts.
- If you’re using social networks, check out the privacy settings and make sure they are activated.
- Report online abuse.
Create a great online reputation
- Search for yourself and members of your family online. This will help you manage what information is available about you in the public domain.
- Treat others online as you would like to be treated.
- Delete old accounts that you're no longer using.
Be careful of what you share online
- Read the terms and conditions for social networks. There might be a lot there to read but you could be agreeing to hand over control of your online content if you don't.
- Never share personal information like phone numbers or email addresses online.
- Be cautious about the type of information you might be sharing with people you only know online.
- Be careful about the types of images you post and share as once they are out there you’ve pretty much lost control of that content.
- Use webcams carefully. If you're talking with people you know and trust offline you may be confident, but remember that webcam 'conversations' can always be recorded.
Find the right balance
- Be sensible about the amount of time your family is spending online. The internet isn't going anywhere but that warm weather might!
General family online safety advice
For general online safety advice we recommend a trip to Get Safe Online.