A parent’s guide to staying safe online

This article was originally published December 2015 in Egremont2Day newspaper and has been updated and reproduced here in support of Safer Internet Day. 

While some parents may consider themselves good with technology a surprising number admit to having a lack of knowledge when it comes to keeping their children safe online.  According to figures produced by Ofcom and quoted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) of those homes in which children have access to the internet almost half of parents (48%) with children in the 5 to 15 age range think they know less about the internet than their children do – this rises to 70% of parents of 12-15 year old, In addition 33% of children age 12 to 17 claim their parents do not know what they do online (Ofcom 2011).