As a parent you can play an important role in keeping your children safe online.

The internet can sometimes be a dangerous place for children and young people but there are more tools available for parents than ever before to help keep children safe online.

As a parent you can play an important role in keeping your children safe online. The internet can sometimes be a dangerous place for children and young people but there are more tools available for parents than ever before to help keep children safe online.

William Hill supported Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 and published 5 key tips for parents to help them keep their children from accessing gambling websites. 

For more information, tips and advice for keeping children safe online, please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk

Our top five tips for keeping children safe online

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Tip 1: What the law says

Remember that gambling is an age restricted product. You need to be at least 18 years old to gamble in the UK, or older in some countries.

William Hill, and others, operate strict Age-Verification processes to keep anyone under the minimum legal age requirement in their country from accessing our products.

Tip 2: Parental controls

It’s now easier than ever with the tools available to keep your children safe from accessing inappropriate websites. Always check that your Parental Controls on your Computer or other devices are on and set to the appropriate level.

Most major Internet providers, now offer a range of parental controls to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.  

There are also a number of third party applications available that parents or guardians can use to monitor or restrict the use of their computer's access to the Internet.

These include:

  • Net Nanny filtering software protects children from inappropriate web content netnanny.com
  • CYBERsitter filtering software gives parents the opportunity to add certain sites to block: cybersitter.com
  • There are also a number of companies who provide software which once installed allows you to completely block individual computers from accessing gambling internet sites, these include:

 

Tip 3: Keep your password secure

William Hill and most other gambling sites offer very secure account log-in processes which require a password in order for you to access your account.

William Hill takes the security of your personal and payment information very seriously indeed. We employ sophisticated solutions to provide security and fraud protection for our customers.

Your username and password protect your account from unauthorised access. Always remember to set a complex password or passphrase that you can easily remember, and don’t share it.

It’s also wise to change your password regularly, and remember to log out of your account when you have finished.

Tip 4: Keep Your devices secure

Take care to make sure that your computer, mobile phone and tablets are kept up to date and safe from little hands.

Running anti-virus software and automatic updates on your devices will help prevent you ending up with malicious software which can gain access to your personal information or even your bank details.

It can be equally as expensive if your children get hold of your mobile phone or tablet. Many games allow you to make purchases to buy extra levels or virtual items at the press of a button. Keeping your devices secure, and password protected, can prevent children making in-app purchases without their parents’ permission.

Tip 5: Talk about the risks

It’s important to talk to your children openly about the risks online. We advise that parents take the time to talk to their children about what sites are appropriate for them, and those which are not.

For more information about Safer Internet Day, and for more tips and advice for keeping children safe online, please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk.