Tablets such as the iPad provide a variety of interesting activities and great education opportunities for young people.
However, it is important to be aware of what these devices can do and how you can talk with your child to help them to use this technology in safe and positive way.
Three steps for parents:
- Understand the capabilities of the iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fires and other tablets and media-players – these devices can access the internet.
- Understand the potential risks and how you as a parent can support your child to be smart and safe. The same advice that you give your child about keeping safe online applies to internet-connected devices.
- Talk with your child about using their device safely and responsibly and agree a set of family rules. Perhaps you could agree rules with your child about not meeting up with people they have only met online, how much they are allowed to spend on apps, what websites it’s okay and not okay to visit, and whether their phone should be switched off at night.