KidGuard: Online Safety for Children

I have recently been discussing dramatic topics that often appear in the news with online parental safety company, KidGuard.
KidGuard is a technology based service that helps parents with tools and information to ensure their children stay safe online. Children can be under a great deal of threat online due to cyberbullying, online trolls, depression or anxiety and even cases that lead to abduction.
49fd4f31-beware-virtual-kidnapping spoke to KidGuard to find out more ways we can ensure our children stay safe online, and the shocking truth behind some of the statistics.
Here is a recent social experiment carried out by Joey Salads to see what children would do if he approached them in a playground…

The shocking outcome of the experiment was that 7 out of 10 kids were willing to walk off with him to ‘see some more puppies’, indicating that the ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ message is not enough anymore.
Did you know…when your child is online there are approximately 50,000 sexual predators online at the same time?
Did you also know…50% of sex crimes committed against a minor involve a perpetrator obtaining images or information from social media?
Even if you are watching your child/children play safely in a playground, you can’t always watch them when they are playing ‘harmless’ games online. KidGuard can help you monitor your children when they are browsing online or playing games, whether that be on a smartphone or a computer.
Virtual kidnapping does exist and KidGuard’s useful guide ‘Parents’ Guide to Preventing Child Abduction, Kidnapping, and Missing Children’ covers a variety of topics including how to support your children online without being too intrusive. These helpful articles are not here to scare us, they are here to support us in our journey of becoming modern society parents.
Click here to download and print worksheets for your children to help them practice and learn to memorise the three most important things so that they can get help in an emergency: phone number, home address and a family code word.
*This opportunity has been sent to by a PR/brand but all opinions are my own*

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