Competition – win a kids’ tablet + 2 year PureVPN subscription

So, Easter holidays. Are you excited?

The school holidays are a bit of a double edged sword for me. I love that I don’t have to spend an hour trying to motivate Belle out of bed every day, but is it really any better if she just stays in bed until 2pm watching make-up tutorials on YouTube?

Leaving the Internet in charge of babysitting is handy, but the Internet is well known for NOT having an up to date CRB check. Even if you do your best to set up parental controls, you’ve still got viruses and hackers to worry about. Cyber security becomes increasingly important during school holidays as internet usage goes up and children and teens become a prime target.

Today’s competition could help on that front.

I’m working with a company called PureVPN to help you to keep yourself and your kids safe online, plus they’ve offered me some very cool prizes to give away. I know you love a competition.


How PureVPN helps your child’s online safety

VPN is short for Virtual Private Network, and helps to keep your systems secure by encrypting your online communications. By using a premium VPN system like PureVPN you protect yourself and your family from hackers, cybercriminals, evil wizards*, malware and viruses. It means that things like your online bank accounts stay super safe.

This kind of protection is especially important for families. PureVPN helps to keep children anonymous and safe online, and means that a hacker won’t be able to do things like trace their actual location. Children are often at risk of being tricked into installing malicious files, but PureVPN blocks malware, protecting you from this.

Obviously it doesn’t replace experience and education, but PureVPN is a very well respected VPN system and should be a key part of your online safety plan.
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(*Not this one.)

If you want to start protecting you children online NOW, you can get 20% off the PureVPN family plan with the code SLUMMYMUMMY. 

Win a kids’ tablet and 2 year PureVPN subscription

PureVPN is running this giveaway with Slummy Single Mummy to raise awareness of family online safety and privacy and help keep children safe when they are online, during school holidays and the rest of the year.

PureVPN is giving away a kids-friendly tablet along with a two years PureVPN subscription for a whole family – one subscription can be used by five family members simultaneously, which ideal for keeping everyone safe at the same time.

As well as the main prize, three runners up will also receive a two year PureVPN subscription.

kids tablet competition

We’re really sharing the love today aren’t we?

To enter, start by leaving a comment on this post telling me what steps you take to protect your kids’ safety and privacy online. Register the comment in the Rafflecopter widget below to make it count and in the process you’ll unlock some bonus entries. Do as many of these as you can to maximise your chances of winning.

The competition closes at 11.59pm on Friday April 14th and is open to UK residents only.

Good luck!

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  1. Katie
    31 March, 2017 / 9:52 am

    My niece only goes online with another adult who types in the website or opens up the app

    • K L
      14 April, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      My cousin offered to friend my children to keep an eye on posts without being a hysterical parent!

  2. 31 March, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Schools try to be as proactive as possible when it comes to educating our kids about staying safe online, which is great, but there’s little support for parents outside of the classroom in my experience. It’s great to see a company being so proactive and although I’ve heard of VPN, I’ve never thought to have one at home. It actually makes perfect sense!

    We have a four year old that already uses an iPad, my concern is that she has access to sensitive information, like the iStore and of course the internet so we limit the time she has to play on it and we constantly monitor her while she is on it. Not ideal. so having a tablet that she can use that is totally secure would be excellent!

    • Melody Morris
      31 March, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Love reading your blog. Safety so important.

  3. James Lockwood
    31 March, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I’m excited more with the VPN – privacy is so important nowadays!

  4. Tracy Nixon
    31 March, 2017 / 10:12 am

    We have parental controls set up and our main computer is in the living room so I can keep a check on what my kids do online. I have also spoken to them about staying safe online, protecting their privacy etc.

  5. Harline parkin
    31 March, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I monitor there posts they don’t like it but it’s one way of knowing what there upto

  6. Julie C
    31 March, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Only online with an adult, for limited time, google search locked down on Jo’s advice!!

  7. Martina Pichova
    31 March, 2017 / 10:26 am

    We have parental controls and educate my son about safety.

  8. Peter Watson
    31 March, 2017 / 10:30 am

    My grandaughter is supervised when on the net and all the necessary filters set up.

  9. Lorraine Kirk
    31 March, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I recommend a film on Youtube if you have small children. It is about 2 characters called Lee and Kim and introduces your child to the subject of online safety. You need to search CEOP KS1 safety – Lee and Kim.

  10. Lorraine Stone
    31 March, 2017 / 10:36 am

    NO computer in the bedroom. Protection up for certain sites, I am aware of the pages they visit. It is about being proactive I think.

  11. Dorota Amellal
    31 March, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I have SafeGuard set on on my internet connection & I am blocking categories and websites which I don’t want to be accessed by my kids :)

  12. MARGARET gallagher
    31 March, 2017 / 10:38 am

    We use parental controls and check to see what our little ones are upto we have chatted with them and school is also proactive too

  13. Jordan jarmain
    31 March, 2017 / 10:39 am

    My little girl is only 2 but she already has a tablet that comes with excellent child friendly settings. She can only access the apps and games that are installed on the system and has no access to the wider internet. Saying that all time on the tablet is closely monitored, she’s never left alone and she only has it for half an hour at a time xx

  14. Daniel Hopwood
    31 March, 2017 / 10:51 am

    My son would be really lucky to win this prize! He’d have the biggest smile in England

  15. Tony Metcalfe
    31 March, 2017 / 10:54 am

    They are very young, so only allowed online with another adult present.

  16. S Edwards
    31 March, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Always have a Site filter and timer while they are on there doing homework

  17. Annabel Greaves
    31 March, 2017 / 11:23 am

    I keep an eye on what they look at and put parental controls on the tablet

  18. iain maciver
    31 March, 2017 / 11:24 am

    as much security as possible and spoken to them about being online, time limits

  19. Hannah Scudder
    31 March, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    We have parental settings on everything and we don’t post pictures of our child online.

  20. 31 March, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Privacy is the most and only thought while my children surf the net!

  21. 31 March, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I hold all the passwords so my kids can’t access anything without my permission, they get a certain amount of time to be on line and I check the history everything they log out

  22. Liam Bishop
    31 March, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    We monitor what he does with a kids mode and can see everything that has been accessed. So important!

  23. emma walters
    31 March, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    my son has parental control on his tablet, he can’t go onto the internet without me

  24. Sarah Pybus
    31 March, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    We dont allow tablets in bedrooms, always in family areas and we check their history regularly

  25. Angela Treadway
    31 March, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    paswords and parental locks anywhere you can lol x

  26. Alice Dixon
    31 March, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    He only plays when there is an adult around to monitor what he is doing and certain websites are blocked

  27. RebeccaC
    31 March, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    We’ve put a few filters on and we always make sure we sit in the front room with her when our youngest is on the computer.

  28. Kim Neville
    31 March, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    We have parental controls and always there when on tablet or computer

  29. Victoria hall
    31 March, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Parental controls and talking to the about the dangers

  30. Tracy Hanley
    31 March, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Im watching what my granddaughter is doing all the time

  31. Claire Morris
    31 March, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Lucky enough that my son is young enough at the moment that all his tech usage is supervised.

  32. Caitlin Thomas
    31 March, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    As a mother, it’s quite hard to protect our children online these days but, VPN always comes handy especially when I want to block certain sites.

  33. Susan Smith
    31 March, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    We have Parental control, check the history all the time and really they sit next to us while on the net

  34. karen hill
    31 March, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    At the moment just supervision but as he get older we will have to put more strict and secure safety in place

  35. jessica woods
    31 March, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    My little one has parental control on he can only access what we want him to

  36. Lucy B
    31 March, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    We have parental settings on everything on our desktop

  37. Jenny
    31 March, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    We have parental controls set up but I definitely feel like I need to learn a bit more as my little ones get older!

  38. lee bent
    31 March, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    We always sit with our child while on the PC

  39. laura banks
    31 March, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    we have passwords and my son logs on via chrome and i can see every page he looks at

  40. Anthony Harrington
    31 March, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    still young enough to be happy to only use the iPad with us watching, when older will make sure only under supervision and not in bedroom. will make sure all possible parental controls set.

  41. Katie Skeoch
    31 March, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    We have the relevant parental controls and make sure I know who my boys are talking to

  42. Karolina Rozwarska
    31 March, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I have a parental control and kids youtube. Limited time only as weĺl!

  43. Becky John
    31 March, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    We have parental controls set up on all equipment and I monitor my son when he is using the internet.

  44. Sam McKean
    31 March, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    We monitor the sites they visit through our router and keep tablets in family rooms only. We also don’t allow them to install apps with chat function.

  45. Pauline jaconelli
    31 March, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I have a parental controls on my tablet for when my son uses it and he is only allowed it for a short period of time, in my presence.

  46. Simon Tinsley
    31 March, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I protected my kids privacy by not having any kids. It’s a bit extreme but it does the trick. No kid of mine has ever had their privacy invaded!

    (If I won this I’d give it to my niece and setup a VPN for her and ensure that adblocking software was on a router that she connected to as well as on the tablet)

  47. Carly Nichol
    31 March, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I’ve never thought much about it which is really scary actually! I will definitely look in to it and get something in place as they get older. My eldest is only 3. She likes to use our tablet from time to time but we’re always there supervising.

  48. 31 March, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I try to keep an eye on my boys when they use the internet but we also have a moniter so I can check what programmes and websites were used by which kid.

  49. Rebecca Nisbet
    31 March, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    i have downloaded a great app on my daughters old tablet, called kidstube, its a child friendly you tube. i feel better her using that.

  50. 31 March, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    We use gadgets and devices downstairs in view of all family members. We have software that blocks dangerous sites.

  51. karl Borowy
    31 March, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    block certain words and sites

  52. leigh boyle
    31 March, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    my girls dont go on the net yet or anything like youtube, and all apps they want i have to look at first they are only 4&5 as they get older we will talk about safety

  53. Cristín Williams
    31 March, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I only let my two on my iPad when I am next to them and even though I am supervising I make sure to put the child settings on.

  54. Lin martin
    31 March, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    It’s important to have parental controls but also to teach children safety from a young age.

  55. Sharon H
    31 March, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    The twins are only allowed on the iPad in the living room with adult supervision. We have special filters and the sites they are allowed on are purely educational or TV character based.

  56. Sharon Williams
    31 March, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    They have kids access only and i receive an email telling me exactly what they have watched

  57. Victoria Thurgood
    1 April, 2017 / 12:26 am

    i only allow my son to use homework sites

  58. Sarah Mackay
    1 April, 2017 / 12:36 am

    By restricting the websites that they can access

  59. Kali filsell
    1 April, 2017 / 6:13 am

    Explore the internet with your child and explain to them what’s ok and what’s not ok. Maybe write a shortlist of kid friendly sites they are allowed to go on, so there’s no confusion talk about the rules and talk about the consequences for breaking them. Set time limits and teach them to protect their privacy , set parental controls and do not let them access social media .

  60. Sharon jones
    1 April, 2017 / 6:50 am

    I’m always checking my kids phones and tablets and I think being able to talk to them about internet safety is important too

  61. Emma Fox
    1 April, 2017 / 7:39 am

    There are parental controls on my son’s tablet and he is not allowed to us it by himself.

  62. Theresa Alison
    1 April, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Both of my children Ive switched their comps to parental controls better to be safe then sorry and I dont encourage them using comps all the time I’d rather they did something else then glued to the screen

  63. Jennifer
    1 April, 2017 / 7:57 am

    My eldest is ten and not on any social media even though a lot of her friends are, we talked to her about why, what the dangers and the friendship problems it can create. She can use the internet but parental controls are set and the history is checked, she isn’t allowed to delete that. My younger boys only use the internet occasionally to find info for homework and I’m always with them for that and they use kids YouTube, it has filters on that you can set depending on the age of your child, it brings up tv shows, cartoons, songs and stories.

  64. Jennifer Haden
    1 April, 2017 / 8:32 am

    We would use parental controls and making sure that the tablets aren’t used in area’s where they can be alone. They should always be used with supervision.

  65. Rachael O'Brien
    1 April, 2017 / 8:53 am

    My daughters school showed the children a video called ‘Kayleigh’s story’ about the dangers of internet relationships . They showed it at my 15 and my 11 year olds school . We talk openly at home about how the people online can pretend to be anyone and may use different techniques to gain your trust . Anyone new that contacts them they let me know :)

  66. 1 April, 2017 / 9:55 am

    I always know what sites my daughter is visiting and check regularly what she is looking at. She tends to ask me before looking at a new site anyway but also sticks to the couple she enjoys like CBBC watching endless episodes of her favourite shows.

  67. Fiona
    1 April, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I have a lock on the ipad that only I and her dad know, and it can only be used with us in the room. Also, parental controls.

  68. debbie smith
    1 April, 2017 / 10:39 am

    my 3 year old and 9 year old have locks on there device that they share i am always present when they are using there devices however i do worry still i will be looking further into purevpn i think it sounds great fab giveaway thankyou

  69. Claire Woods
    1 April, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Keeping an eye on what they are doing on the internet.

  70. Jodi hill
    1 April, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I have privacy settings on with our virgin media internet & I block pop ups….. he has to be in the same room as me when he’s using it!

  71. Jayne Watts
    1 April, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Our boys have Kindle Fires with full parental controls on. They have no direct internet access, they can just play on apps we have downloaded for them. My little girl plays on an old iPad, but it would definitely be better if she had a decent child friendly tablet to use!

  72. simone lee
    1 April, 2017 / 11:51 am

    my grandaughter just at the age now where she has learnt to push the buttons to watch her favs on u tube she watches all sorts so to know how safe she would be with her own tablet she would just love yes shes 2. years 6 months old so very forward for her age this would be such a blessing so great prize good luck to all off to dream shes would love her own buttons to push as they all do

  73. sam fut
    1 April, 2017 / 11:53 am

    not enough. i’m not sure how to

  74. Lorna Ledger
    1 April, 2017 / 11:59 am

    My daughter is 16, nearly 17. So, there has to be an element of trust now, I have set the settings to medium, and she has given me her log in details to her social net works, I also have alerts for any ‘high’ searches that may happen

    I am entering this for my niece and nephew (9 and 5) xxx

  75. Kelly Glen
    1 April, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    We always make sure they are supervised when they use the computer.

  76. Alexandra oliver
    1 April, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    safety is key!

  77. mariel pereira
    1 April, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Nanny guard is great

  78. stuart hargreaves
    1 April, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    we have parental settings plus they are only allowed on just over a hour a day and we have to be in the room with them

  79. Zoe C
    1 April, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    My children are aware of what they are not allowed to go on, also they can only use them in the same room as us, no sneaking off

  80. Sandra Jo Siddall
    1 April, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I monitor everything they do on the internet, especially on social media. Its so important nowadays to know exactly what your kids are doing online but not always easy – My 2 teenage children are more than happy for me to check their Facebook accounts and having a good relationship with your children helps so much.

  81. Becki Gates
    1 April, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I have installed parental controls and password protection on all My childrens tablets and games consoles. They also aren’t allowed to use them on their own (ie we must be in the same room) anything they want to download we have to authorise too. My eldest two also did an online safety course at school (10 and 9 year old). there safety weather in person or online is my highest priority. social networking and such is definitely a big no no for them yet, I think they are too young

  82. Sam R
    1 April, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    We have parental controls set up, so my so can’t go surfing the net or accidently buying things offline! we also supervise him closely. x

  83. Rebecca Smith
    1 April, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    we have devices on kids mode, there’s passwords so they have to ask me before going on them and i limit the time and check the history after

  84. Caroline Clarke
    1 April, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    We have to access the videos or games for our child and supervise him while he plays.

  85. Ritchie
    1 April, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Use parental settings but I’m thinking of using VPN.

  86. Brett Pereira
    1 April, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    AVast parental filter and Nanny guard

  87. Justine Hughes
    1 April, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Parental controls are set up via the broadband provider and some apps on the tablet are password protected.

  88. Deborah Mackenzie
    1 April, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I agree that children should be monitored and the necessary child blocking software put in place.

    I have a close friend who has had problems with her 13 daughter using her phone and send images of herself etc. Many parents do not know what or who their children are in contact with via their phones which can do the same as computers and tablets. It is very frightening.

  89. Ema J Lowe
    1 April, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    we share the same iTunes account, so I can view her messages on skpe, so can see who shes taking to.

  90. Karen Stirling
    1 April, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I only let them watch kids you tube.

  91. Kelly Young
    1 April, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Parental controls, monitoring them whilst online and not letting them have a computer in their bedroom! You can never be too careful with kids and the internet!

  92. Ray Dodds
    1 April, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Parental controls plus supplier controls discuss dangers with granddaughter

  93. Fozia Akhtar
    1 April, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    We have parental controls and supervised use

  94. Marc Chivers
    1 April, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Don’t leave them unattended

  95. Maria Hackett
    1 April, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    we haven’t had this problem just yet, our 4 year old wouldn’t use any of our iPads, she likes to scroll through the pictures on our phones. I think when she grow up i would set a secret pins and limit the time on how long she can use.

  96. Laura Pritchard
    1 April, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    My kids are 6 & 2 so I supervise all use of the internet, they don’t use it by themselves at all.

  97. Lynne OConnor
    1 April, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Luckily the kids bedroom is an internet blackspot so the computer is only used in the living room so we can oversee all usage

  98. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    1 April, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    kids youtube. Parental controls on iPad. And they only play on it if Me or their dad is present x

  99. Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    1 April, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I’m not brilliant, I have gotten better though, the biggest thing we have done to safeguard the children online is to move the computer downstairs. Now, we are usually about if they go online. They don’t have electronics in their rooms anymore as my eldest daughter was having migraines, so we said all tablets and such must be used downstairs, so we can keep an eye on how long they are online for too. xxx

  100. lyn burgess
    1 April, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    My daughter is only 15 months old so we will be looking into internet security and parental controls well before she gets to go online

  101. Tee Simpson
    1 April, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    I use the parental controls from my antivirus and also only let them watch or look at things I have vetted beforehand

  102. Emma Eminoglu
    2 April, 2017 / 5:05 am

    At the moment I just supervise or randomly look over her shoulder, all she likes is youtube videos though lol

  103. Alison McClean
    2 April, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Children need to be educated about safety online & not everyone you talk to is a friend

  104. Jane Pomfret
    2 April, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Parental settings and make it clear what sites they can visit

  105. Elizabeth Hinds
    2 April, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I put all of the usual parental controls on and check their browser/chat history every so often to make sure that nothing has got through! :)

  106. Claire Nutman
    2 April, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I set all the privacy and security settings with the virus software etc….many thanks

  107. Mary Heald
    2 April, 2017 / 11:43 am

    We use parental settings and I keep a firm eye on what’s going on

  108. Amy Wright
    2 April, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    We only let our children watch kids youTube

  109. 2 April, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the Giveaway ! Most importatant for me is limited times of computing, next step are parental settings.

  110. abigail edkins
    2 April, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I make sure lillie only plays with mine when Im around and have a sererate kids part on it which has parental controls turned on

  111. cheryl hadfield
    2 April, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    We have parental controls and make they only go online when we are in the same room

  112. Gina m
    2 April, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    At the moment just supervised use as my girls are young and im not so savvy with this kind of thing so winning a package would be very helpful

  113. kayleigh manning
    2 April, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    make sure they are always supervised

  114. Sarah Ann
    2 April, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Set up parental controls and also limit the amount of time they spend online.

  115. irene gilmour
    2 April, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    we use parental controls on our wifi

  116. olivia Kirby
    2 April, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    They only play on my husband’s old ipad and when we’re with them. My husband is the techy one so he sorts all the parental control stuff.

  117. Clare H
    2 April, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    only allowed access with supervision and they don’t know the PINs

    2 April, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    My grandchildren are only allowed on the net with adult supervision, their parents have taken all the safety steps too

  119. Claire Willmer
    2 April, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    At the moment they are only allowed oline under supervision everything else is blocked to offline play etc.

  120. Emma Louise Elliott
    3 April, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I have parental controls set up on my laptop and I’ve been searching for an appropriate tablet which is robust with plenty of security options.

  121. Ailsa
    3 April, 2017 / 8:14 am

    My husband is in charge with all IT things so I don’t know!

  122. Allyson
    3 April, 2017 / 10:18 am

    ThankYou Mummy for this compitition.

  123. Pm liu
    3 April, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Parental controls and educate my little ones

  124. Ems West
    3 April, 2017 / 11:32 am

    We have parental controls set up and to be honest they are only allowed to use it with me but I know I’m going to have to let them explore more without me now they are getting bigger. Online safety really worries me, I’ve been talking to them about different dangers since they were tiny so hope that it will be ingrained in them.

  125. Jessica Mellor
    3 April, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I haven’t had to do anything like this yet. My daughter is 4 and is unaware of things to do online, she is happy with just the TV at the moment but I don’t think it will be long before she sees other kids doing things online and want to join in.

  126. Sarah Rees
    3 April, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Always make sure parental controls are on and that internet it accessed in communal areas where adults are always around

  127. Sophie Ade
    3 April, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I always supervise my son. I don’t let him use it if I am not in the same room.

  128. Sarah Lee
    3 April, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Parental controls and let them know about safety.

  129. leanne weir
    3 April, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    We have spoken to them several times on the importance of being aware of the dangers.

  130. pauline black
    3 April, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    jayden is never alone when online and we make very good use of the parental controls!

  131. Rachael H
    3 April, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Only allowing the laptop/iPad to be used in the same room as me

  132. Katie S
    3 April, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    My daughter is 5 and has a LeapPad which doesn’t go online. She uses Reading Eggs on my (ancient) iPad and occasionally goes on Youtube but I supervise her whilst on it. I definitely need to get smarter on this stuff as she gets older.

  133. Natalie Crossan
    3 April, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I monitor what she accesses and watches on the internet daily x

  134. Solange
    3 April, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I implement parental control settings for my phones, gaming devices, tablets, and all computers. A great tool is the free Norton Family for PCs and Macs.

  135. Laura Todd
    4 April, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Definitely keep an eye on what they’re doing, it’s such a worry these days

  136. Lucy Zelazowski
    4 April, 2017 / 8:17 am

    My sons have access to the kids use tube only. They also have a few games loaded, chat is switched off if possible.
    I also talk to my boys, they are 7 and 9, I have explained some adults are pretending to be children. Hence theybare not allowed in chatrooms.
    Neither have their own table or smart phone, this helps
    As they get older, they will be told no nude photos, to respect themselves and others.
    Not to troll other’s and talk to me if someone upsets them online, look after their passwords.

  137. linda curtis
    4 April, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    the VPN is fab as security is very important
    i do moiter what the children go on and also limit their time
    its all to easy to leave children on these things for hours at a time
    i would rather them be out playing in the garden or local park

  138. LondonREC
    4 April, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Nothing yet, as our wee one is still a bit too young to even be online!

  139. laura pyper
    4 April, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I hate the kids being online but know in this day and age they have to be,I have parental controls on and try to keep s eye on what they are doing

  140. Christina Palmer
    4 April, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I always sit with my grandchildren when they visit and are online. They are never left alone when online

  141. Victoria N
    4 April, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    My daughter is only 4 but she is only allowed access to her tablet with supervision and often its just cbeebies apps!

  142. Jenny Harlow
    4 April, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    We would ensure all the parental controls were properly in place. I would also ensure he was informed of internet and game safety and make it a rule that the tablet was checked by myself or husband every evening.
    Safety is so so important

  143. Zoey P
    5 April, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Set up parental controls and limit the time allowed online.

  144. Ruth Harwood
    5 April, 2017 / 9:44 am

    We limit time spent online and monitor usage xx

  145. linda maxwell
    5 April, 2017 / 9:58 am

    our computer is in the living room where i can see what they are viewing, all i have to do is just turn my head a bit. i’m not constantly over there shoulder but i do have eyes in the back of my head or so they now believe.

  146. Jo Carroll
    5 April, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I really love your dry sense of humour – that line of ‘the Internet is well known for NOT having an up to date CRB check’ should be emblazoned on a t-shirt…priceless ;) Luckily my little boy is too small to work out how to use his daddy’s tablet without one of us sitting with him but I know the time is coming when he’ll be soon outsmarting us on all things technological so this safeguard sounds pretty much essential I reckon? It’s strange how kids seem to pick up how to use Youtube faster than they are ‘potty trained’ nowadays! x

  147. jade rice
    5 April, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    i put restrictions on most sites and only allow my little one to go on apps in a certain file on theipad on my phone theres a brilliant thing called kids corner u click it and it restricts what shecan do also as well as having her sit net to me just in case the smarty ants gets out of the restrictions somehow toodlers are geniuses lol

  148. Lisa Wilkinson
    5 April, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    She’s quite young at the moment so doesn’t spend that much time on the tablet but I have downloaded the Youtube Kids app

  149. Gillian Holmes
    5 April, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Keep the laptop in the main living area, not in bedrooms

  150. 6 April, 2017 / 8:10 am

    we have parental control on the TV and limited age appropriate apps on the iPad for my 6year old to watch/play!

  151. Bob Clark
    6 April, 2017 / 8:40 am

    too young to leave online alone at the moment – so none

  152. Suzanne Gaulton
    6 April, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I talk to my two about the dangers out there (in as child friendly a way as I can) – no point being ignorant about it, they need to be as aware as possible. I’ve got as many parental layers in place as I can. Generally try and keep an eye on what they are up to when they are on the computer/tablet – they are not allowed their tablets in their bedrooms to help me do this. But honestly, this world we live scares the life out of me – and I know I am not techy enough to look after them properly as regards internet safety…

  153. Kat Lucas
    6 April, 2017 / 11:39 am

    We monitor the use as it has to be in the same room as us

  154. Rachel Morgan
    6 April, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Our Hudl had a good child safety package available to use on set up x

  155. 6 April, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I sit with my children as they play, the PC is in the living room and tablets are restricted, We monitor everything,

  156. dawn f
    6 April, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I have the highest parental setting in, everything comes through my phone so I can see searches etc and I also do random spot checks on devices just to be sure and obviously regular talks on dangers of the internet

  157. 6 April, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    We talk openly and honestly about the dangers online and always have parent protection on devices our kids use!

  158. 6 April, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    We use the parental controls and set to PG only plus a password is required to turn it on. They are only allowed to use it where we can supervise.

  159. Lynn Neal
    6 April, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    We always take an interest in what they are looking at and encourage them to share what they are doing with us!

  160. Helen Tovell
    6 April, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Parental settings on the devices and the router and educating the child

  161. Jo Wakefield
    7 April, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Our 4 year old is only allowed on if one of us is with him, that way we can monitor what he goes on and ensure its educational at the same time.

    7 April, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    mine use my husbands ipad and must use it in the same room as us. He added some sort of restrictions too it too.

  163. claire griffiths
    7 April, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    parental control and the main laptop and pc are in the lounge so can always see what they are up too

  164. Kat C
    7 April, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    We are usually in the same room, and ask about what they’re looking at while online.

  165. Farhana
    7 April, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I have talked to my kids about the dangers. I also have parental controls up and have banned anything which i deem inappropriate. I also keep an eye on the history

  166. Charlotte Moore
    9 April, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Passwords and admin restriction

  167. 9 April, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I have found the YouTube kids app stops him from straying too far

  168. Robert Price
    9 April, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    By supervising when they go online

  169. Andrew Seaman
    9 April, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Have filters on so they can’t access some sites – have an eggcellent easter :)

  170. Katie
    9 April, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    We have parental controls on any device which connects to internet

  171. 9 April, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Mainly through using parental controls and checking what has been visited

  172. MichelleD
    9 April, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I’d only let her go on when an adult was around and set up the kids setting on youtube!

  173. katrina walsh
    10 April, 2017 / 10:34 am

    They know only to go online when I am beside them

  174. hayley pemberton
    10 April, 2017 / 10:46 am

    their accounts are restricted and i always check what they are watching reguarly

  175. Emma Choonage
    10 April, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Our son only gets to use the internet under full supervision. We have all parental controls on aswell

  176. sharon stanley
    10 April, 2017 / 11:38 am

    My lot mainly download apps from the app store. I have my middle daughters tab hooked to my email so know what she is downloading. On my eldests phone I have a tracker (she doesn’t know) so I log all of her accounts, passwords etc (these 14 year olds are sneaky. We use apps such as kids tube rather than youtube and also have a bullguard protection and our service providers kids account which restricts what they can see. As an added tip for those sick of calling their kids for dinner, having them on a seperate WiFi is awesome as I switch it off and all three of my kids come down in seconds asking what’s happened to the WiFi, dinner served without having to bawl them to come down lol.

  177. michelle speight
    10 April, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    us eparental controls and my email address. also restrict time and look what they going on

  178. Alison G Ellis
    10 April, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Set up parental controls and my children are always in the f
    Living room when online

  179. Jacqui Matthews
    10 April, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I never really gave much thought to internet security before my little one was born but I do now! It’s so scary thinking about how clever and sophisticated criminals are online!

  180. Rich Tyler
    10 April, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    They only have access to it supervised

  181. kimberley ryan
    10 April, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I have filters on certain websites and parental controls active, but I try never to leave them unattended

  182. michelle o'neill
    10 April, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    We have parental controls x

  183. Gill Colling
    11 April, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Be involved, with younger children supervision and joint participation is the key, as they get older, just like everything else they do, they need more independence, and just like everything else you guide, discuss and tech them to be safe. Nanny software and other measures only go so far, although they should certainly be used, but giving a child the tools to keep themselves safe is the biggest long term prevention measure you can provide.

  184. amy bondoc
    11 April, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    i check the online history and have access to her email and her facebook she hates it but knows its for her own safety

  185. Isabell Whitenstall
    11 April, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    We only allow the kids to play kids games on the laptop for about 15 minutes a couple of times a week. They are supervised the for 15 minutes. They are quite happy with this as they are only 4 and 3 years old.

  186. Steve Miles
    11 April, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Talk to him about eSafety + parental controls on the router

  187. Brittany Buchholz
    11 April, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    My daughter would love this! She will be 2 in June. She loves learning new things. This would help out a lot.

  188. Tara Bush
    11 April, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    We always make sure parental controls are on but I also check what they are on nightly as well. I work in a school and its quite scary what you hear from the police online safeguarding meetings so my children have no real freedom online.

  189. Gemma Cook
    11 April, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    We have parental controls set up on all the devices around the home. You can never be too careful. I also limit how much time my children spend online and make sure I know what they are doing and regularly check to make sure all is ok.

  190. Katy Malkin
    11 April, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Just minimal use full stop. Knowing the purpose of different sites and what is just a time sap. Not signing up to any websites that require unnecessary petsonal information.

  191. Sadiyya Maryam
    12 April, 2017 / 9:06 am

    We have parental control settings and we have passwords settings. And always monitor what our daughter is watching..

  192. greig spencer
    12 April, 2017 / 10:06 am


  193. zoe brown
    12 April, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    i watch and check all the time and where i can parental blocking

  194. Karen Barrett
    12 April, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I have a Virgin Media childlock plus I have a password that I have to use before the children can use the ipad.

  195. Rebecca Howells
    12 April, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    In the same room as them and do a lot of internet searching together etc.

  196. Caroline Anne Bellamy
    12 April, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Our son is onyl 2 so we watch over his usage of the ipad at the moment – mostly the iplayer kids app.
    Will have to learn a bit more about controls soon though

  197. Rachel McMillan
    12 April, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    We make sure she is in the lounge with us. No electronics in the bedroom

  198. Angie McDonald
    12 April, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    I put all parental controls on and we sit down regularly to talk about anything they want to about anything online

  199. Cat Culmer
    12 April, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    We have ‘safe’ play lists and try and stop him watching anything thats not on it

  200. Susan B
    13 April, 2017 / 6:36 am

    Use the internet provider’s child protection tools and watch them carefully.

  201. Lisa King
    13 April, 2017 / 7:49 am

    We have a password programme set so that the kids cannot access websites that are not suitable for them

  202. Laura Whittle
    13 April, 2017 / 9:10 am

    PIN protection on the TV so they can’t access YouTube, etc without adult supervision

  203. Diana
    13 April, 2017 / 9:30 am

    They not using any online apps, all are offline :)

  204. RichJ
    13 April, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Switch the WiFi off!

  205. Emily Hutchinson
    13 April, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Making sure settings are as high security as possible and monitoring content viewed

  206. Jenny Jones
    13 April, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Pin protected for using google and have kids youtube installed

  207. Dale Dow
    13 April, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I know the passwords of all their accounts and devices, I have parental locks and I check the computers every night

  208. Faye Reed
    13 April, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    We use parental controls but my kids are always in the same room when online so I keep an eye on what they’re doing.

  209. Jill Fairbanks
    13 April, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I monitor what they are doing and have protection

  210. Amanda Gregory
    13 April, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    At the moment I stay with my great-niece every time she goes online.

  211. Josh Gough
    13 April, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    We have parental controls set up and our main computer is in the living room so I can keep a check on what my kids do online. I have also spoken to them about staying safe online, protecting their privacy etc

    13 April, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I would install some app which would be able to show me which websites me kids use or block some of them.

  213. Allan Fullarton
    13 April, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    We have parental controls and educate about internet safety.

  214. Dean Boyle
    13 April, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I’m girl 3 and knows her way around it crazy got to be supervised at all time

  215. Andrew Hindley
    13 April, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Only allow young children online with adult supervision

  216. Elizabeth Smith
    13 April, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    We’ve parental controls and a firewall but most importantly talk about safety regularly.

  217. Ian Murray
    13 April, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    i used to use k-9 protection. Free and simple.

  218. Linda Griffiths
    13 April, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Use internet provider child protection tools.

  219. Jo
    13 April, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    We limit time, choice websites and apps and tablet time is supervised. I’m very wary of YouTube so only let my daughter use it if I am with her.
    Great blog!

  220. donna l jones
    13 April, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    We have parental controls set up

  221. Kris s
    13 April, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    My sons only 4 so is never allowed online without one of us.

  222. nichola chambers
    13 April, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    We have parental controls set up on all the devices around the home. You can never be too careful and we always use them together and talk about online stranger danger as well as in the outside world. we also limit screen time to what we feel is sensible

  223. natalie holland
    13 April, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    My children use ipads and I’ve put a filter on the apps section, so that they can only access ones for under 12’s and we also have safe search on in general, (e.g. on google). It’s still a worry to me though – as they also have friends who seem to have free reign via the internet from their mobile phones, (some of these kids are under 10). Which, I don’t think is right, it does worry me.

  224. Donna Caldwell
    13 April, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    We have parental controls and we limit the amount of time on it

  225. Tascha
    13 April, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    We use child protection tools and never let our daughter use online content unattended

  226. Petra Hora
    13 April, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    We have parental settings at all our devices.

  227. Jane Middleton
    13 April, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    They can access the internet under supervision only.

  228. Hayley Colburn
    14 April, 2017 / 12:24 am

    Our sky shield settings are set to the strictest level during the day, it basically means it pretty much blocks everything but at least when the kids come to us to ask us for the password we can see if what they are trying to access is safe, most of the time they only play the apps already installed but my son loves watching video game demos on you tube too so we do have to keep an eye on that, also both of our children are too young to have social media accounts, the shiel blocks this too

  229. Jamie C Millard
    14 April, 2017 / 1:07 am

    there are lots of tools that can be used. passwords, restrictions, activity logs.

  230. Emma Hussain
    14 April, 2017 / 1:26 am

    I watch what my children do online so I can check what they’re up to

  231. Oli Marshall
    14 April, 2017 / 4:19 am

    We use the Parent control but my husband and I noticed that some child-inappropriate content still “slips” through so, we have to physically check sites our little ones use.

  232. Carly Belsey
    14 April, 2017 / 6:27 am

    My son only goes onto the internet when he is in the room with me so I can keep an eye on the things he is watching. That will have to change soon though as he is getting older so will need to somehow restrict the contents he can watch

  233. Nicola OBrien
    14 April, 2017 / 6:59 am

    My little one is only 2 1/2 but she won’t be going online unsupervised when she’s older.

  234. Lauren Boyle
    14 April, 2017 / 7:02 am

    We have parental controls set on the laptop and on our sky to box

  235. Amy Lambert
    14 April, 2017 / 7:27 am

    If they’re using YouTube or an online app I have them sat with me

  236. Sophie
    14 April, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I use Qustodio installed on my child’s device at the mo. It’s brilliant!

  237. carol boffey
    14 April, 2017 / 8:19 am

    i look to see what they go on

  238. kate kathurima
    14 April, 2017 / 8:22 am

    if she ever does anything online (which is rare as shes only 7) she only uses it in the room where i am and have parent controls set up, also use kids you tube to stop her being able to watch anything which is inappropriate

  239. Kirsty Woods
    14 April, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I have all parental controls set and i keep track of what they are up to

  240. Rebecca roberts
    14 April, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Parental control turn all apps of and I’m literally sat next to her she allowed half a hour a day

  241. Victoria Prince
    14 April, 2017 / 10:23 am

    parental controls are on and internet is only allowed to be accessed in the living room :)

  242. Sally angel
    14 April, 2017 / 11:24 am

    My little one is only 3 years old, but I give him 1/2 hour screen time everyday on the iPad. I supervise him in this time and we play together on a BBC or CBeebies educational game.

  243. Emma Wolski
    14 April, 2017 / 11:44 am

    By putting a parental block

  244. Stuart Dunlop
    14 April, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    We have parental controls

  245. Paul Brown
    14 April, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    My son only goes online when I’m there with him, and I also have parental settings switched on via my router and change the wifi password regularly.

  246. Kirsti Peters
    14 April, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I block certain pages which I deem to be inappropriate, limit the time they spend on technology, never let then online unsupervised and I have also installed special apps and programmes which have child safeguards on phone and computer.

  247. minnie
    14 April, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I don;t let mine use them without my supervision currently as still quite little so good to read some of these suggestions :)

  248. Stefano S.
    14 April, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Adult with them while surfing

  249. Mark Johnson
    14 April, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Only use the pc in tbe main room with an adult so that we can monitor the usage and sending of dats

  250. Hayley Elvin
    14 April, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    We have set up parental controls so they can only access child friendly content and monitor what they go on

  251. claire little
    14 April, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    we have parental controls.

  252. Danny Evans
    14 April, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I password protect both my sons amazon fire tablets and they play on the xbox but only when I am in the room

  253. Jayne Kelsall
    14 April, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I have all parental controls set on my computer which my daughter only uses with supervision but she doesn’t have her own device, if and when she does I will make sure to set all the controls up properly .x

  254. karen Howden
    14 April, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    make sure the computer is in a family room and they are always supervised. . Have all accounts with child protection and ensure any messaged come through to my email address to check

  255. Emma
    14 April, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Parental control and supervision

  256. Lindsey graty
    14 April, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I get onto all the websites for my children and I have a password so they cant get onto the ipad without me doing it for them

  257. Suzanne Sendell
    14 April, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I download anything they want to watch, I then turn off wi fi

  258. 14 April, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    due to ages H and D (3 and 7) are only allowed supervised access to the internet and this includes accessing shows through the smart tv as well.

  259. Lori Mckillop
    14 April, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I have a parental lock on the tablet an youtube and my son is only allowed it downstairs with me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway! <3

  260. Monika Bascombe
    14 April, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    We use child protection tool via provider and my daughter never watches anything on her own and my son is old enough to know

  261. Maria P
    14 April, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    she is not going online – using tablet only offline mode, plus we have passwords for installing things

  262. Sandy L Ralph
    14 April, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    we use parental controls and if they are young such as my grandson then they are supervised whilst online anyway

  263. sharon martin
    14 April, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    we use the parental controls as well as monitor

  264. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    14 April, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    mine currently do not have access to the internet without being fully supervised!

  265. Tracey F
    14 April, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    My husband sorts it out, he’s a genius with these things!

  266. Herbert Appleby
    14 April, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I put kids mode on tablet so all content is filtered, no public profiles for her yet so not worried about privacy.

  267. Laura Findlay
    14 April, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Parental settings and supervision. I would love to win a tablet for my youngest he’s the only one without at the moment x

  268. Matt Brasier
    14 April, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    We have parental controls set up and our main computer is in the living room.

  269. gemma hendry
    14 April, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    strong security and passwords and i monitor their history

  270. Naomi Williams
    14 April, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Yes this would be great as my 2 year old likes playing games on my iPhone, but hard to watch them every minute on it

  271. Joanna Kasznicki
    14 April, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    We have parental control settings on our internet and have set them up on the tellys too

  272. Audra bland
    14 April, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    We use parental controls and they don’t have passwords so EVERTHING they do we can check , they also know not to give real name or details out etc

  273. 14 April, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    My children use YouTube Kids and only whilst sitting with me

  274. 14 April, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Got parental settings on so can only access sites child appropriate

  275. laura
    14 April, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Only allowed to use tablets when downstairs with adults about – never in their bedrooms

  276. Adrian Bold
    14 April, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I have SafeGuard set on on my internet connection & I am blocking things regularly.

  277. Joanne Heath
    14 April, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I show them esafety videos shown in schools and put parental controls on and passwords (which I do change as my boy does his best to figure them out) I try and limit how much they go on it and they are aware of age limits for social media, films etc. However I am sure I could Improve!

  278. Tammy Neal
    14 April, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I monitor there posts they don’t like it but it’s one way of knowing what there upto xx

    14 April, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    I use a complete Internet Security package with parental controls on 3 devices

  280. Rachel Craig
    14 April, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Boundaries, i.e. get access for limited time and with close parental supervision. I plan to seek up to date information, advice and support in regards to up to date options etc :- Via staff at library and / or local community centres in how best to use technology safely for self and for children. I have had support etc previously from such individuals..

  281. John Jewett
    14 April, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Network parental block pin. Check what they are viewing or upto discretely

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