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Keeping Safe Online

Key tips

  • Three young people looking at a laptop and smiling.Begin by setting up expectations for use of the device or software that you feel comfortable with. Allow for growth and expansion of knowledge for your young person.
  • Teenagers will challenge you – be consistent with responses – especially in the family. You do not want siblings arguing over the permissions allowed in the family unit.
  • Set up a schedule for use of devices and social media. Combine these with other activities, jobs, and responsibilities your teenager needs to do on any day.
  • Introduce timers – to assist with monitoring the amount of usage of technology and to allocate break times. Always making time for other activities such as homework, assignments, and other extra-curricular activities.
  • Rewards – remember to acknowledge and reward proper use and good behaviour with the device or software. Start each day fresh. Let the young person have an opportunity to show good use and responsible behaviour the next day.
  • Privacy settings – always investigate how to set these up on any app or device.
  • Communication – keep these channels open with your young person so that they will come to you to discuss any issues. Be reasonable and negotiate with them their use and support them with teaching new skills.
  • Lead by example in using technology, devices, and social media.
  • Be present – tune in and join in. Have fun together.
  • Start off small to consolidate this skill- do not give access to everything online in one go. What is relevant and fun? What is needed? What can the young person do successfully and easily?
  • Provide a phone for safety on public transport and when going out with a support worker. We want to be working towards independence not dependence on someone else.


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