Top Tips for Ensuring Foster Children Stay Safe Online
Did your foster child receive some new tech for Christmas this year? Have you struggled to use it, but the children knew the first time? Seriously, how do they do that?!
The internet is something you should never be ashamed of letting your children or foster children on. The can use it for learning, exploration and social opportunities – but it is important that you try and make sure they stay safe online.
Ensuring Foster Children Stay Safe Online Checklist
Here’s a quick checklist to help you monitor them when browsing the internet and make sure that your foster children stay safe online.
- Keep the privacy settings on high and monitor your foster child’s parental controls and social networking settings.
- Tell them to be share aware. Make sure your foster children don’t post any personal information or passwords online – and tell them to make their passwords hard to guess. It’s a good idea use capital letters, number and symbols.
- The children and young people in your care need to know that they should never meet up, or share any details about their address or phone number with people they’ve met online – and they should let you know if someone has asked you to meet them.
- The children and young people in your care need to know that they must think carefully about the pictures they post and to only share pictures that you would be happy to be completely public.
- It is very important that you tell children and young people that it is not to make friends with unknown people online. Make sure that you explain to them that not everyone online is who they say they are. Your foster child needs to be confident in blocking people and telling you if someone makes them feel uncomfortable.
Talking to your foster child can often be the most important thing. You need to make sure that they are assured that if they see something online that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe, they should leave their device and tell an adult straight away. Make sure that you’re open and honest with them so that they feel they can confide in you.
Asking them to check their phones, invading their privacy, or banning them from devices is never a good idea. You need to guide your foster child and trust them to do the right thing – invading their privacy can make them more secretive.
Hopefully, this checklist has helped!