In 2014 we joined forces with BT, Sky and Virgin Media to form Internet Matters, an independent, not for profit organisation that provides information, support and advice to help parents and carers keep their children safe online.

And now that we’re finally enjoying some warmer weather, we all think about keeping children protected when they’re out in the sun and understand the importance of sunscreen, but do we also think about how to keep them safe online, on screen?

To remind parents and carers how important it is to stay in tune with what children are doing online, Internet Matters have produced their top tips for staying #screensafe with a new video.

  1. Find out what your child likes to do online and spend time this summer exploring together

  2. Agree boundaries on where and for how long they can use their devices

  3. Use tools like parental controls and review your child’s privacy settings on social media

  4. Have regular conversations and encourage them to think about what they post and who they share it with

TalkTalk pioneered Homesafe, the first free filtering service to put parents and carers in control of the content their children see online, back in 2011. And if you have a child between the ages of 8 and 10, you can also download the Internet Matters eSafety app, designed to help adults talk about online safety issues with their children and encourage them to make smart choices online.

Download the app from the App store, or from Google Play for Android.