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Internet Safety Sessions for Parents

publication date: Apr 25, 2017
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author/source: Anne Coates

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Internet Matters joins forces with Dixons Carphone to launch "Digital Drop-ins" for parents at Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse stores across the country. Stores are giving practical advice to parents and guardians on child internet safety 
and help them set up devices safely. 

Sessions will be run in 50 of the retailers largest stores. Parents can find their nearest session via the dedicated website, before walking into their local Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World stores to speak to in-store KnowHow team for practical tips about online safety. 


Until 28 April, parents and guardians can attend a 30 minute session to learn about what their children may be doing online, how to set up parental controls and privacy settings, as well as how to be more involved in their child’s digital lives. Visitors can bring in their own devices or learn how to set up products they have purchased in-store. The stores KnowHow team will provide parents with a simple checklist to take home on setting parental controls on devices in the home, such as broadband and home computers.

Five top tips 

  1. Set parental controls on home broadband and mobile networks to prevent children seeing things they shouldn’t 

  2. Use the device settings so your child can only download age appropriate apps and games 

  3. Set up password controls or disable in-app purchasing so big bills are not run-up accidentally 

  4. Check your child’s profile and privacy settings on social networking apps – ensure they’re not sharing personal information with people they don’t know 

  5. Talk about it. Be aware of key issues and how to discuss them.

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to help parents keep their children safe online. It was founded by the UK’s four major broadband providers; BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, with the BBC and Google joining as partners in 2016.