Child safety online

Free access to modern technologies has in recent months become a natural part of the life and functioning of children and young people. Online lessons, chatting with friends, browsing through social media, playing video games — all this is now at hand, but it is important to use common sense while using these solutions. At T Mobile, we propose solutions that support the safety of children in the digital world.

At T-Mobile, we know how important it is to manage the content that young users are accessing online on their smartphones. That is why we offer parents, among other things, the ‘Children Online’ (Dzieci w sieci) service. It allows them to remotely manage the content that young users access online on their smartphones. Once the child’s age is entered, the solution independently suggests websites to block, which can be an important guide for the parent. The aim of the platform is also to make parents aware of the importance of using the Internet together and setting rules about using the available content together with the child. The platform enables the parent to independently modify the list and add more addresses or unblock some of them. In the panel, the time during the day when the child is allowed to use the Internet can also be specified. Of course, nothing can replace talking with the child, so the most important thing in building children’s awareness is to talk with them and have a relationship based on trust between the parent and the child.

What children should know before they start using the internet:

Not everyone is what they claim to be on the internet. We should remember to be cautious of trusting people we meet on the internet.
The internet and social media encourage many people to give up their privacy by sharing every detail of their lives. Children should know that some data must not be published online under any circumstances.

All content posted on the web remains there forever — even after being deleted from a profile on a social network.

If the child has their own email or social media profile, their password should be hard to guess — otherwise it can get into unauthorised hands.

It should be remembered that any files downloaded from the web to a computer or phone should come from a trusted website to prevent the computer from becoming infected.

More information on the safety of the youngest internet users can be found in T-Mobile’s special guide for parents:

At T-Mobile, we also offer other tools for parents, such as the ‘Where is My Child’ (Gdzie jest dziecko) service, or a Family Watch. For small children who do not have their own phone, we offer a Family Watch which allows children to contact their parents, for example when they get lost while at the beach. From the level of their smartphone, the parent will easily contact the child who does not have their own phone yet. Using the watch, the child can only call the numbers that have been predefined by the guardians. In addition, pressing the SOS button on the watch and holding it down for 3 seconds will activate an alarm call — when that happens, the parent receives a notification from the application which allows them to immediately locate the watch.

For parents of older children who have already got their first mobile phone, T‑Mobile offers the ‘Where is My Child’ service. This solution may prove useful when a young user moves around the neighbourhood on their own for the first time, or is heading off to their first summer camp. Then, if there is any danger, the parent may quickly locate where their child is.

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