UK Government Sets New Guidelines For Youth Internet Usage. Parents Must Be Vigilant Against Fraud And Scams
With more people than ever working from home and many children using the internet for education and entertainment, there are increased risks of exposure to online harms such as cyberbullying and disinformation.
To combat this UK Digital Minister Caroline Dinenage is initiating a four-point plan for parents to spot suspicious activity by reviewing security and safety settings, checking facts and guarding against disinformation, being vigilant against fraud and scams, and managing the amount of time spent online.
It follows a virtual roundtable held yesterday (Wednesday 22 April) by the Minister, the Security Minister, James Brokenshire, and child safety organisations to assess the impact of coronavirus on child online safety and bolster ways of working together to protect children online.
“Staying at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives means we are spending more time online. This means we must all be extra vigilant, follow good security practice and make sure our children are safe too. It’s also important that we check the facts behind what we read and remember to take regular breaks.
We are completely committed to making the UK the safest place to be online, and that’s why we have brought together a wealth of practical advice which I urge parents to use and share with their children.” Minister for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage
As well as offering advice on security settings, fact-checking and protecting against fraud, the new guidance encourages people to consider the impact screen use is having on their wellbeing.
With more parents looking after and educating children from home, the guidance has tailored advice for parents to keep their children safe online.
This includes using parental controls to manage what children can access, switching on family filters to protect children from inappropriate content, and having conversations with children to encourage them to speak to a trusted adult if they come across anything online that makes them uncomfortable.
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