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November 29
Internet Safety

Thank you to the many parents who attended the Internet Safety presentation by police constable Doug Sherwood on November 28, 2019. Twelve parents attended. Some of the feedback read the following:

Parents really liked: The top 10 tips

They were really surprised by how young the children are who are targeted (8 years old!)
Parents feel that they should speak with their child about: what if’s & boundaries around computer use.
Parents felt that it would be important to offer this presentation again next year.

The Top 10 Tips are:

  1. No screen time for children younger than 2 years old
  2. Under 8 years old: never leave your child alone with internet access
  3. Age 8-13: have the computer in the kitchen area, so while you cook dinner, your child can be on the computer and you can (occasionally) peak over their shoulder
  4. Over 13 years: Speak with your child about sexual exploitation. Talk to them EARLY and OFTEN.
  5. Discuss:  If … then…. Scenarios with your child (eg.: A friend shows you an inappropriate picture on his/her phone, what is a good reaction? Practice!)
  6. Stay current (as parents)
  7. Set boundaries: no cell phones/Smart TV or other tech in bedrooms/bathrooms
  8. Have cell phone rules (you buy the phone, you pay the plan, this means it is your phone, not your son’s or daughter’s, so you set the rules/boundaries. One of them should be that you do RANDOM history checks on their phones; only have texting, no data (so they can’t send photos)
  9. Reflect on your own media use
  10. Don’t over-react when dealing if an issue should occur, support your child to work through it with them

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