The internet can entertain, educate and occupy your pre-schooler. But your child can come across dangerous people or inappropriate content online. With some practical internet safety precautions, you can minimise the risks for your child.Why internet safety mattersPre-schoolers like going online to look at videos or to play games. They can do this using computers, mobile phones, tablets, TVs and other devices.There are safety risks for preschoolers online, although preschoolers won’t usually be exposed to as many risks as older children because they’re less likely to be browsing the internet independently.When you take some practical internet safety precautions, you protect your child from risky or inappropriate content and activities. And your child gets to make the most of her online experience, with its potential for learning, exploring, being creative and connecting with others.Internet safety risks for pre-schoolersThere are three main kinds of internet safety risks for children:
Protecting your child from internet safety risks: tipsYou play a key role in reducing the risks that your child is exposed to on the internet. There are many practical things you can do to help keep your pre-schooler safe while she’s online.Here are some ideas:
As your child gets older and more confident and starts to use the internet independently, you’ll need to review your strategies. Our article on internet safety for children aged 6-8 years has tips.Teaching safe and responsible online behaviourYou can help your child learn how to use the internet safely, responsibly and enjoyably. If you teach your child how to manage internet safety risks and worrying experiences for himself, he’ll build digital resilience. This is the ability to deal with and respond positively to any risks he encounters online.Here are some ideas:
It’s also a good idea to find out how grandparents and other people in your child’s life use the internet and try to agree on a shared approach.It’s OK if your rules are different from those of other families. If you’ve thought them through and you’re happy with the way they’re working, you’re helping to keep your child safe online.
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