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Safety & Privacy

The challenges of keeping children safe, and their data private, while online, playing games, using mobile and handheld devices and apps. Your child might be tucked up warm and cosy in the living room or in bed, but keeping them safe goes beyond this and includes the online, digital world. The challenges of keeping children safe and their data private while online are ever growing and all parents need to know the facts behind e-safety for kids so that they can educate their children and use common sense.

Internet dangers and insights to protect your kids

The internet is in almost every room across the Western world, and any child with access to it can be vulnerable or unknowingly stumble upon upsetting content with just a few clicks of a mouse. In fact, any child playing games, using a mobile, handheld devices and apps can come across several dangers simply by being online. Significant threats could be posed by:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Possible sexual predators
  • Violence or other inappropriate content
  • Pornography and
  • Inappropriate contact with strangers or other children

Safety, privacy and the challenges of technology

Our Quibly child safety experts debate how to keep children safe online. It is evident that along with the online opportunities come major challenges facing parents, educators and teachers, so, what can you do to safeguard your children?

  • Are child safe websites that have in-built technology which really able to keep children safe? How can adults ensure that children are screened from inappropriate content and influences? Parents should always check the settings applied to children safety online tools as these can sometimes to adjustable to age appropriate material, so child safe websites for 15-year-olds might still be inappropriate for younger children
  • What is cyberbullying? Do you know if your child is a victim or perpetrator of cyberbullying? Being subjected to threats, teasing, humiliation or other inappropriate influences by other internet users is just the start of how far bullying online can go. The internet is now an extension of the awareness of ‘stranger danger’ that we teach younger children, and with cyberbullies often known to their victims, it’s also vital that parents listen to children’s concerns or worries when they’re voiced
  • Internet safety for kids is not just an issue for parents. It is for children too, and parents can really help to keep children safe by educating them about the possible dangers of being on the internet, and internet safety for kids in general
  • Is it worth becoming familiar with child parental controls?

The questions we tackle on Quibly

Quibly members can voice their queries about child safety and privacy and share their experiences. Below you can see that the community gives answers based on experience, intelligent opinions and factual evidence, providing unique insights from around the world. Share your comments and receive notifications from the experts on innovations that impact child safety. Collaborate with other parents and children about their experiences online and see dangers are being identified or experienced.

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Laura Celada
Laura Celada Quib.ly’s Editorial intern London, GB
How can parents have better knowledge of Internet Safety than their children?
Anne Louise Bannon: I like NetFamilyNews.org for basic, ongoing information. Parents can also read sites like PCWorld.com and Lifehacker.com. But the best way to keep ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Laura Celada
Laura Celada Quib.ly’s Editorial intern London, GB
Is it justified to chip and track children for safety?
Олег Кияшко: p No, chipping people (especially kids) is a very bad idea. First of all, this will turn children into radio-controlled walking dolls. They would ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Can you block gambling games on Xbox?
Gaming , Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
How do I punish my 12 year old for turning off the Internet restrictions?
Chris Puttick: That's lots of questions! I'll pass on answering the punishment question as such and answer the others and see where that gets us. Trust, absolutely ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
What advice can I give my 10 year old son to keep him safe online?
Gary Hough: Here's a great resource that I recommend (I have no affiliation at all to them) http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/ and the best bit of advice I can give ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Rob Zidar
Rob Zidar Co-Founder, ThirdParent US
Should the Government Be involved in Verifying Minors' Age Online?
Chris Puttick: No. Unless you issue this to all children, from birth. Because age-appropriate is not just about arbitrary age limits of 13, or 16 or 18 or 21. Age ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
How to monitor my son's Facebook account without his knowing?
Leonie Smith: At 14 I feel you need to start to build trust on social networks with children. Of course each child is different, and if your child is in crisis or ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Lorraine Allman
Lorraine Allman Author, Businesswoman, Mum GB
What are you doing for Safer Internet Day 2014?
Scott Collen: Everybody is welcome to join Quibly's SID session at 9.15 GMT on Skype in the Classroom it'll be given by Quibly expert James Diamond and is all ...
Safety & Privacy , Web 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Should I follow my teen on Tumblr?
Amy Fleming: Hi :) I'm 19 years old and went through a phase of tumblr a couple of years ago. It's a brilliant site for finding things you are interested in and ...
Safety & Privacy , Child Behaviour 3 years ago
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Laura Celada
Laura Celada Quib.ly’s Editorial intern London, GB
What should parents know about teen trend Snapchat?
Leonie Smith: Snapchat is the first of many apps that purport to send temporary messages including photo and video messages. Snapchat is by far the most used right ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Joanne Mallon
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK
Does your child use Instant Messaging?
Brittany Oler: My daughter (age 13) uses IM, she uses it through her iPod and iMessages her friends that have iPods or iPhones. I don't monitor 100% of the time, ...
Safety & Privacy , Child Behaviour , Mobile 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Has anyone been tempted to use mSpy app to spy on their kids?
Leonie Smith: Spying apps are gaining popularity. In my opinion it is best to start educating kids and parents when the children are just starting to use devices ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Maeve
Maeve Teacher parent
How do you teach safety on Facebook to a 13 year old?
Leonie Smith: The most important lesson for kids on Facebook is for parents to model good behaviour online themselves. If they are over sharing, not being nice ...
Safety & Privacy , Social Media 3 years ago
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Quib.ly
Quib.ly Parenting + Technology London, UK
How does 23snaps keep content private and secure?
Lucy Tobias: At 23snaps your privacy and security are our priority, and we take it very seriously. All of the content added to 23snaps is uploaded to our secure ...
Safety & Privacy , Apps , Social Media 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Do you have your family videos set to private on YouTube?
Leonie Smith: I've never shared personal video's on YouTube, and encouraged my children never to share theirs. Sharing them privately is a good idea, but ...
Video & Films , Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Oren Greenberg
Oren Greenberg London, United Kingdom
Is there a browser plugin that is an alternative to child safe browsers?
Roland Gesthuizen: You should register an free account for opendns.org and set it up on your home router. Its a little technical but only needs to be done once and ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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Anonymous
Anonymous
My daughter is chatting with random "strangers" and also doing video chatting- what kind of limits do I need to put in place?
Jodie Cole: A lot of it comes down to education. We are entering a realm of digital sharing that is like nothing we've ever experienced before, and people don't ...
Safety & Privacy , Social Media 3 years ago
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Caroline Crompton
Caroline Crompton Mum, teacher Saffron Walden, GB
Which are the best free emails for children aged 11?
Anthony Flower: My daughter is seven and has an email address she uses to talk to family who do not live close by. The email is on a personal domain and is through ...
Safety & Privacy 3 years ago
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