Nov 29 2021

A guide to internet safety for kids

As a resource, the internet is a wonderful place for children to learn, explore ideas, and express themselves creatively. The internet is also key in a child’s social development, helping to strengthen communication skills, for example when playing games or chatting with friends.

However, parents should be aware that all these activities often come with risks. Kids online can be exposed to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and even predators.

While keeping an eye on what your children see and do online helps protect them against these risks, it’s not easy monitoring your kids without feeling like you’re invading their privacy. Just asking what websites they visit may give the impression that you don’t trust your child.

The key to combatting any big risk is education. It’s important for you and your children to be aware of the dangers, how to protect against them, and how to identify the warning signs. This is why we’ve put together this guide, to help both you and your kids* understand how to navigate the internet safely.

*Look out for our “For Kids” tips below, which you can share with your kids and teens.

A 2020 study by the Pew Research Center found that:

  • 86% of parents of a child under age 11 limit their child’s screen time, while 75% check what their child does online.
  • 71% of parents of a child age 11 or under are concerned their child has too much screen time.
  • 66% of parents think parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with 21% blaming social media in general.
  • 65% of parents believe it’s acceptable for a child to have their own tablet computer before age 12.

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