Dixons Carphone has teamed up with Internet Matters to launch free digital drop-in sessions for parents on how to keep their children safe online.
Parents will be able to find their nearest session via the dedicated website: internetmatters.org/digitaldropin, before walking into their local Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World stores to speak to in-store experts for practical tips about online safety.
Taking place this month, between October 17 and 21, mums, dads and guardians can come away with guidance around 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.
The Digital Drop-in sessions will run across the week in the retailer’s flagship UK stores.
Visitors can bring in their own technological devices or learn how to set up products they have purchased in-store so they are child friendly.
The 30-minute sessions will cover issues including: screen time, cyberbullying, sexting, online grooming, inappropriate content, privacy settings, and guidance for how children should behave online.
Parents can gain knowledge and experience with social media platforms, apps and online gaming, advice on broaching tricky issues in an age-appropriate way, and tips on great websites and apps for families to make the most of the internet.
Experts 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.
Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters, said: “We know internet safety is a huge concern for parents. Many will be buying smartphones or tablets for their children but might need a helping hand with how to make sure they are safe when they go online. We’re delighted to be partnering with Dixons Carphone to be able to offer them real, practical day-to-day advice.
“The Digital Drop-ins will be a one-stop-shop for any questions or advice parents need about keeping their children safe online. We know parents want to keep their children safe online, but they don’t know where to turn to for advice.
“Staff will be able to offer practical help such as making sure parental controls are set but also advice on having age-appropriate conversations with children.”
Kate Ferry, IR, PR and Corporate Affairs Director, from Dixons Carphone said: “We’re excited to be partnering with Internet Matters on the Digital Drop-ins, which we hope will provide parents with some trusted and helpful advice on internet safety. The internet is a fantastic place for learning and fun experiences, so we want to help parents enable their kids to enjoy it safely.”
To find out your nearest participating store, go onto the Internet Matters website, following this link: internetmatters.org/digitaldropin.
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