*This is a commissioned post for Plusnet*
With Christmas on the horizon, there will be a veritable sack load of new tech devices due to be delivered by Father Christmas. With that being the case, it’s always worth reminding ourselves of the importance of setting up those new devices to be safe for our children online. This festive season, Plusnet have partnered with not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters to launch their Nice Device Quiz, aimed at helping parents who want to keep their children safe online but are unsure where to start.
The Nice Device quiz allows parents to test their knowledge about online safety by answering a set of 10 questions about the most popular online devices to make sure the new Christmas gifts they buy stay on the “nice list”. I’m not afraid to admit that despite our best efforts, and my thinking that I was pretty confident when it comes to internet safety, I actually got a couple of the questions wrong – so even if you think you’re on top of things, it’s definitely worth working through the quiz just in case! Once you’ve completed the quiz you will receive a personalised letter from Santa himself with some additional internet safety advice which can be given to your child along with the new device to make sure they are just as aware of staying safe online as you are!
As a parent and a primary school teacher, keeping my children safe online is a top priority. Years of child protection training at work have made me super cautious about what I allow my children access to and how we set up their devices. The ultimate aim is not to terrify ourselves or our children, but to educate ourselves on the risks and what we can do about them. Modelling best practice for our children is so important, we want them to understand the threats and eventually manage those risks for themselves.