How can we keep our kids safe online?

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Kids are spending more and more time in front of screens, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Liz Holt from Chorus joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch.

Digital technology and advancements open up opportunities for kids, and these days kids are using devices for education, writing, reading, and maths, as well as play.

There are, of course, risks for children online so parents need to have an understanding of those risks and how to handle them, and kids need to be comfortable with technology as we move into the future.

Chorus recommends discussing online safety with your children, explaining how to recognise if something’s risky, teaching them never to give out personal details and to let parents know when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

Ms Holt says that families should sit down an agreeing on device rules. For example:

  • No electronics in bedrooms – both parents and kids.
  • Switching off WiFi every night, placing all devices in a central place to charge overnight.
  • Limiting screen time to the weekend only and only if all chores are done.

Listen to the full interview with Liz Holt above.

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.