Advice for parents and carers
How to start a conversation with your child about using a laptop safely:
Why do you want to get a laptop?
Whilst deciding if it is time for your child to have their first laptop can be a great opportunity to find out what your child expects to use it for. This could be for connecting with friends, playing games, for doing their homework and research.
What is your favourite thing to do on the laptop?
You can ask your child about their favourite apps or games, what they like using their laptop for, or you can ask them to show you how to play or use their favourite game or website.
What would you do if something worrying or upsetting happened on your laptop?
You can ask them about the places they can go to find the safety advice, find out what they know about privacy settings, and ask them how to report or block on the services they use.
How can we do more online together?
Ask your child about activities or games that you could enjoy as a family, this can be a great time to establish a family agreement to manage your families time online.
3 top tips
Talk with your child about responsible use of their laptop
Discuss what is okay and not okay to use it for and look at the possible risks. Tell your child what they should do if something goes wrong while using it. This could be to close the screen and tell an adult. See below for conversation starter ideas.
Think about the location of the laptop
Will it be used in a shared family space or in a bedroom? Think about: setting time limits; reminding your child about the risks of communicating online with people that they do not know; and encouraging them to come to you with any worries.
Explore parental controls
Take a look at the controls available both on the phone itself and on your home Wi-Fi. Talk these through with your child too. Parental controls are a helpful tool, but an open conversation with your child is the most important thing.