The internet is a powerful tool that provides children with endless opportunities to learn, socialise and have fun. However, with a third of all internet users being under 18 years old, online risks have become a significant concern and they continue to grow. Shockingly, last year, nearly three out of four children worldwide encountered at least one cyber risk.1

This is why it’s essential to start discussing internet safety with your children at a young age. By doing so, you can help them make informed choices and develop healthy online habits. Educating them about responsible internet usage, privacy protection and potential dangers will also keep them safe from risks. Remember, it's never too early to establish a foundation for safe internet usage.

To help keep your children safe, explore the Be cyber smart! parent guide to internet safety, which offers valuable tips and advice. As a parent or guardian, protecting your child's online well-being is more important than ever.

Six ways to stay on top of your kids’ cybersecurity


Be involved every day

To ensure your children's safety online, stay involved and communicate often. Before implementing any safeguards, discuss with your children the reasons behind them so they feel you respect their privacy.


Parental controls

Consider using a parental control tool to manage the increasing number of devices your kids use and to keep them safe online. These tools can help by blocking unwanted web content, restricting the use of risky applications and more. It's important to learn how to use them and keep them updated.


Monitor activity

Review your child's internet activity periodically using your parental control tool to ensure safe practices and habits. Discuss with them which websites are appropriate for their age group and explain why.


Manage internet access

Stay on top of your child's online activity by scheduling internet time to predetermined times, such as after their homework is completed or during the weekend. You can use your parental control tool to limit screen time.


Install antivirus tools

These tools are a powerful line of defense to help protect home computers and devices from viruses and other types of malware that are becoming common. Stress the importance of passwords and personal data safety. 


Back up your device

Make sure to back up important information in case of a data failure. For most, that means keeping the original data on the device, a backup on an external hard drive and another on a cloud backup service.

To help kids and teens develop safe internet habits, parents can promote safe practices and stay involved. For more resources about safe online habits, download the full guide.

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