Safer Internet Day – Competition with Intel Security

Safer Internet Day is on 9th February this year, and is as good a day as any to double check what your children know about staying safe online. In the digital age that we now live, this really couldn’t be more important and I am working with Intel Security this week, to give you a little refresher course on how to stay safe and keep your children safe.

Teaching them how to stay safe online, should be something that is taught as naturally as crossing the road safely is. There are a few key things you can teach them as soon as they start going online, as to whether that is on a laptop, iPad or even a games console.

  • Never tell anyone your real name
  • Do not tell anyone where you live, what school you go to, your phone number, or mention any local places you like to go to
  • If you are ever unsure about anything, worried, or someone has said something online (or in real life) that makes you uncomfortable or upset – tell your parents or an adult that you trust
  • Never send any photos to anyone online
  • Never tell anyone your password or login details
  • Not all people claiming to be children are children

Now with the last one, it depends on what age your child is as to how much of an explanation you give. You don’t want to scare them off of using the internet, it’s a wonderful thing when used safely. For most children, being told that there are some not very nice people out there is enough.

Intel Security asked my boys to draw what they thought was a safe internet, here’s Harley’s picture.


Safer Internet


Harley thought a safer internet would be to use symbols in your passwords to make them harder to guess – a very good tip, not answering Whatsapp calls from people you don’t know, and asking your parents if a website is safe before clicking on it and using it if it wasn’t one you usually use.


Safer Internet

Fin thought that a safer internet would not only be all of the things his brother said, but also where friends look out for each other and tell each other to ignore any ‘trolls’.

I’m actually very proud to know that they know so much about keeping safe on the internet, and relieved although I will still be doing my usual spot checks of their history, cookies, and youtube playlists.

For parents, as well as making sure your child knows all of the things above, you can also do a few things to keep them safe;

  • Keep the computer/laptop whatever is used to go online in a communal area of the house, so that you can keep a check on what sites they are going on and that they seem happy
  • Most search engines have a safe search option that will filter out the more ‘adult’ search results, and hopefully minimise the risk of your child seeing something they shouldn’t.
  • Read some more tips on the NSPCC website.

It also isn’t only children and young adults who need protecting online. Most adults will know of someone who has had their computer hacked, their card details stolen or worse online. To protect ourselves there are a few things we can do.

We can buy and use software such as True Key from Intel Security, so that it takes our fingerprint or face to log in – these are impossible to clone or steal. Your information will be a lot safer if only you can access it.

There is also Mcafee LiveSafe from Intel Security, to protect you online. I have used Mcafee for a long time as a virus protector, and one of the biggest benefits of LiveSafe is that you can use it to protect all of your family’s devices including smart phones and more. Considering many children would click on a pop up without knowing what it was or where it went, it’s a sensible move to protect everything and everyone.

As a reward for you all having an internet safety refresher course, Intel Security are running a competition for one lucky family to win 4 tickets to Bletchley Park, which you can enter via the rafflecopter below! Good luck,


Stevie x


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  1. d barnet
    2 February 2016 / 2:20 pm

    full of fun, no sneaky nasty suprises

  2. lydia
    2 February 2016 / 6:24 pm

    filters for family that I can trust so I don’t have to keep a direct eye on my son as he works, school are very big on safety online which is really good, hopefully it is regularly gone through again as well, and we remind him often about the ‘rules’

  3. Sarah Louise
    2 February 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Computers are always kept in communal areas in my house and never allowed in bedrooms :)

  4. rachel
    2 February 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Youtube have brought out an app for kids called youtube kids! the videos are all checked and suitable for children. There are parental controlls and you can even set a timer for usage. I find it great for my 3 year old supervised of course.

    • There's always time for tea
      6 February 2016 / 10:58 am

      That is awesome I didn’t know they had done that – It’s youtube I worry about because my son is always on there! I will have a look into that now. Thanks xx

  5. Jenna Hegarty
    2 February 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Filters and access for the parents to check what’s being accessed from time to time

  6. 3 February 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Such an important topic, I used to find that CEOP had some really impactive videos on internet safety that I used when I was training people in it. My children aren’t old enough to use the internet alone yet so I haven’t decided what a safe internet will look like for them, I think it will depend a lot on them as individuals when they get to an age where they are old enough to use the internet alone.x

  7. 5 February 2016 / 8:56 am

    Such an important topic – I am dreading when my girls are old enough to be using the internet alone. Completely different from when I was growing up. #PickNMix

    • 5 February 2016 / 10:29 am

      Definitely, but we can keep them safe by monitoring them and teaching them well so don’t panic :)

      Stevie x

  8. 5 February 2016 / 9:25 am

    A great post – you can never be to safe on the internet nowadays. Keep parental locks and filters on, have the laptop in communal areas of the house xx


    • 5 February 2016 / 11:21 am

      Good tips lovely, I do random spot checks on my boys’ electronics, it keeps them on their toes ;)

      Stevie x

  9. Yvonne
    5 February 2016 / 9:39 am

    So important to be careful these days. My boys are still quite young and I often wonder when is a good age to start talking to them about it. I guess I will know when they are old enough to understand. #PicknMix

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:27 am

      It definitely is important and it’s a case I think of drip feeding the information to them as and when they start needing to know it. The internet can open up a whole new world to them and really is amazing if they use it safely :)

      Stevie x

  10. Mmt
    5 February 2016 / 11:06 am

    Scary to think of the potential dangers as our girls grow up, thanks for these tips.

  11. Budgetfoodmummy
    5 February 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I’ve never really thought about Internet safety until now, probably because mine are quite young. But Eva does go on YouTube on my tablet (bad mum!!). I’ve recently discovered KidsTube though so she won’t come across any inappropriate videos.
    You’ve definitely given me some things to think about for when they get older.
    We didn’t even have a computer when I was younger so my mum wouldn’t have these things to worry about!

    • 5 February 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Kidstube is definitely a good idea! Mine use the normal one as they have certain youtubers they love, but we do spot checks and they have it filtered. They’re older so if they come across something with swearing in etc it isn’t as bad and they discuss it with me. It is scary what children can have access to, but it’s a case of being open and honest with them in an age appropriate way so that they trust they can tell you anything – I love that my boys are like that…. we’ll see when the teen years come though ;) oh and you so aren’t a bad Mum youtube is great for all ages!

      Stevie xx

  12. 5 February 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Love those pictures! Marianna’s only one so the laptop is a horrid thing which distracts my attention away from her, while the smartphone is a wonderful thing which plays episodes of Rainbow through some mystical means… Hehe. My primary school (I’m on the board, it’s not like my personal business or anything lol) has been running a great campaign around internet safety with the kids though, and they put together an awesome little video presentation about stranger danger / fraud and emotional safety with trolls, etc, for the governors. :) #picknmix

    • 6 February 2016 / 12:53 am

      They do some brilliant awareness activities at our school as well, which I think is great as the more they learn the better.

      Stevie x

  13. Kelly Robinson
    5 February 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Very relevant topic. Such a scary one too. My children won’t be on the Internet for a few years yet but I do worry about the day. We will have one computer and it will be in a room where I can see it the whole time! #PickNMix

    • 6 February 2016 / 12:56 am

      The internet is an amazing thing, we just need to make sure they know some rules to stay safe and help them to stay that way :)

      Stevie x

  14. A.E. ADKINS
    7 February 2016 / 11:29 am

    Filters & communal computers in communal areas

  15. 7 February 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I think it’s imperative to teach kids about the downside of the internet. Like you say, age appropriate though. It’s amazing how savvy they are though!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  16. natalie zindani
    8 February 2016 / 7:55 am

    My son knows what is and is not ‘allowed’, he have monitoring software which let’s us discreetly keep an eye on what has been happening! He is none the wiser still has fun but in a controlled environment

  17. Rory Scott
    8 February 2016 / 10:12 am

    A Safe Internet is a place where kids can Play online without having to worry about Accessing Nasty Material or People.

  18. Denise Matthews
    8 February 2016 / 1:28 pm

    The internet is a double edged sword. Excellent for information and contacting others – evil for unsavoury characters which endanger our children, our finances and who threaten our very way of life. Let’s all do our very best to filter out evil and make one of the greatest technological assets this century work for the greater good. With proper and timely monitoring filters and investigation, this can be achieved by not only experts – but by ordinary people just like us. Let’s do it! All of us – now

  19. Charley Williams
    8 February 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Filters, blocks and no nasty pop ups

  20. Tracey Mitchell
    8 February 2016 / 7:46 pm

    I speak to my children about safety plus but filters on

  21. jacqueline knights
    8 February 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I agree computers in communal areas and lots of conversations about things like online bullying and grooming. And passwords for things like Google play so they an’t inadvertently spend a lot of money.

  22. 11 February 2016 / 8:11 pm

    We have filters on things at home but it does worry me what they can access. Kyle came home from school the other day talking about how to keep safe xx