Many of us remember that when we were growing up, the main safeguarding concerns for our parents were stranger danger, playing with matches, going near water and crossing the road. Whilst all of these remain to today’s parents, the emergence of digital technology is an added layer to consider. With many current devices having access to the internet, parents need to know what to do if their children access inappropriate websites or communicate with people they don’t know.
Parents need to have knowledge about what a device can do and what they can do to reduce potential safeguarding problems. For instance nearly all games consoles have access to the internet through a wifi network, however many do not realise that this can be turned off via parental control settings. The key aspect to becoming a good digital parent, is to have a basic understanding of what their children are doing online. The resources on this section of the website should assist in going some way towards this.