HOW CAN KIDS STAY SAFE ONLINE WHILE HOMESCHOOLING?

Now that children are once again staying at home and using the internet for homeschooling and keeping in touch with their friends, we need to ensure that they are safer online than they were during the previous lockdowns.

During the first lockdown, online crimes against children in the UK increased, some examples of which include:

Now that children are once again staying at home and using the internet for homeschooling and keeping in touch with their friends, we need to ensure that they are safer online than they were during the previous lockdowns.

1. Teach children about online threats they face

Educating children about e-safety is by far one of the most effective ways to keep them safe. Ensuring they know what to look out for and why they should care about e-safety will keep them safe from online predators even if technology-based safety features fail.

2. Create rules for sharing information online

There are a number of reasons strangers may try to gain personal information from your child – either to commit identity fraud, to further phishing scams or to physically target the child at school or home. By creating rules about what your children are and aren’t allowed to share online you can keep them safe from strangers who wish to exploit them.

3. Use tools to keep everyone safe

There are a number of e-safety tools that children can use to keep them safe from harmful websites and scammers looking to steal personal information. These include things like Google Safe Search (which filters out inappropriate content from web results) and multi-factor authentication (which requires a secondary security measure before allowing a user to log into online accounts).

Parental controls & tracking apps

If your goal is to more strictly monitor your child’s activity or screen time, parental controls and tracking apps might be the solution you need – however one of the key flaws of these types of apps is that they rely on you spotting the danger yourself and can therefore be worked-around quite easily.

4. Don’t talk to strangers

One of the simplest pieces of advice you can give a child in a communal space – physical or virtual- is to not talk to strangers. It is also worth teaching them how to spot when a predator is using a fake profileto pose as a friend. By only talking to people they know, children can reduce the risks they’re exposed to online.

5. Join the CAP Certified Beta

All parents & schools joining beta get CAP for free for a year

Ultimately, many online safety tips are designed to keep children from talking to scammers, predators or cyberbullies posing as someone else. The CAP Certified platform uses data from local authorities to verify the identity of each child and create a safe space where children can only talk to other verified children and users across social media and gaming platforms, making sure children do not cross paths with groomers and predators.

To find out more about CAP Certified or to join our beta programme, get in touch using the forms below.

ENQUIRY

We invite you to embrace our shared purpose. Please use the below form to get in touch.

Drop us a line

JOIN OUR BETA

Inviting all schools and parents to join our beta launch. Please use the below form to sign-up to Beta and use CAP for free.

Drop us a line