Young children are online before we know it these days. They are playing with connected toys, tapping and swiping touch screens and choosing what they watch on streaming services, in their early years.
Being online has many benefits if monitored properly though there are risks. As parents and carers, online safety begins with you.
At Bumblebee we embed a no screen policy
Set up devices safely with parental controls and ensure they are only used in communal areas where you can monitor your child’s use of the device. Talk to your child about the connected world and identify who are ‘safe people’ and what to do if they are contacted by strangers or people who pose a risk.
Teach your child about personal information e.g. name, date of birth and explain they should not share this information.
As parents it’s important to model good habits in the early years around device use. Demonstrate that you can put your phone,ipad down and concentrate on your child and how you only devote small amounts of time to your devices.
Explore quality content together and encourage critical thinking. Get involved in their favourite program or game and ask why they like it.
If you would like to know more about early years online safety for under 5’s you can go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/what-we-do/our-programs/esafety-early-years-program
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