The internet has become an everyday part of life, and children are growing up with it, using it to learn and play more than any generation before them has done. It’s a wonderful resource but we need to make sure that we are safe online; the online safety of your Brownie is of vital importance to us.
Our site is:
- Secure, with SSL encryption
- Specifically designed for Brownies
- Monitored by GirlGuiding NZ
We have made sure that your Brownie will be safe on our site – within the activities there are no external links for her to click on and no advertising pop-ups.
All of our Leaders have been interviewed, police vetted and offered training for dealing with children. These helpful tips will help ensure a safe environment for your Brownie;
- Stay on the Explore Brownies website; do not go to any other website
We recommend that your Brownie uses the Explore Brownies programme in a family space rather than by herself in her room. This will allow you to monitor what she’s doing.
It’s important to emphasise that your Brownie should stay on the Explore Brownies website rather than clicking on anything else, such as apps that may be on the desktop of the device.
- Get help if you get stuck or are unsure about anything
It’s always better for a child to get help rather than trying to fix something themselves. If they don’t know what to do, they need to be able to get an adult to help them.
Netsafe, New Zealand’s online safety organisation, has developed good resources around content risks. They have a Safety Button available for free download that can be clicked on if a child sees something distressing online. Clicking on the button causes the screen to be covered with an underwater scene and a message encouraging the child to get an adult.
These links contain useful information for parents about helping children with the internet:
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