The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?
Below you will find some links and information giving some advice on how to keep your children safe online.
Oscars adventures in the online world – This ebook has been created to help you understand what it takes to stay safe in the online world. Help Oscar make the right decisions so he can avoid dangers on his journey through the online world – click on the line below
See the latest parent guides for online games – Be aware of the dangers and keep your child safe.
What is YouTube?
YouTube is a video sharing site/application that enables you to upload, view, rate, share and comment on a wide variety of videos. Consisting of a huge resource of information, advice and entertainment, YouTube now has 1.9 billion logged-in monthly users who watch a billion hours of video daily. Most of the content on Google-owned YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but organisations and media companies also offer some of their content via this platform.
It has a recommended age restriction of age 13 as content is not restricted and children are able to view inappropriate age materials.
If you allow your child to watch YouTube or upload content, please make sure you monitor their viewing and uploads.
For more information see the National Online Safety teams useful parent guide below
Stay Safe This Christmas – Online Safety Song for Parents
National Online Safety The tremendously talented Dan and Sam (Musicalternative) are back with an incredible song for parents about keeping their children safe on digital devices at #Christmas 🎶Please share far and wide!🎶 Christmas is an exciting time, and online safety can easily fall by the wayside, but it’s important that in the scramble of presents, turkey and holiday cheer this Christmas, we don’t forget to keep our families safe online.
There will be more children handling digital devices than ever before this Christmas, and despite the happiness and entertainment they can bring, they can pose a number of dangers too. So, how can parents protect their children after they unwrap their digital gifts? Here are our top tips for parents:
Take care when shopping online for your Christmas presents. Only use secure websites to avoid falling for scams. Before proceeding with an order, spend an extra two minutes to research the security of the product.
Help your children to set up their accounts on their new devices and ensure their settings are set to private. Take the time before Christmas Day to read the manual and get to grips with security and privacy options. We advise that you set up a ‘two-factor authentication’ process when logging in to an online service. Some toys and devices are fitted with web cameras – you can turn the remote viewing option off in the device’s settings. In addition to this, remove any default location tracking and GPS settings on new devices.
Some toys and devices have been found to have unencrypted Wi-Fi connections or unsecured Bluetooth connections. If this is the case, add a secure password or a PIN. Ensuring that passwords are secure is fundamental when protecting your children. When creating a password, remember to:
- set up unique passwords for new accounts
- avoid using easy-to-guess phrases such as ‘freddie1’
- change passwords and usernames on new devices from default
- check your router has a strong password and latest security updates
Setting up parental controls
We advise that you set up parental controls for young and vulnerable children to help prevent them from viewing content or engaging in activities that they shouldn’t be. Additionally, take interest in your child’s online activities. Play with them on their devices and encourage open conversation to help build that trust and confidence that will mean your child can confide in you if they ever feel uncomfortable, troubled, worried or unsafe.
Check age restrictions
Games and apps have age restrictions. It’s important that you make yourself aware of these age restrictions and WHY they have these restrictions and make the decision whether it is appropriate for your child.
Be a role model
It’s often the case that children copy the actions of their parents, guardians and even siblings, therefore it’s important to set good examples and be a positive role model that they can look up to.
If you feel like your child is either spending too much time on their devices or maybe taking part in inappropriate activities, it’s not a bad thing to be strict and set boundaries.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is a live video game website. You can watch playbacks of games being played by other people. You can also live stream your own games, and chat to other gamers. Users can follow channels and games they want to keep track of. Twitch allows live streaming. The minimum age according to twitch is 13, however children much younger than this play.
You can download the parents guide here:
It can be challenging for parents and carers to know whether children are spending too much time on their devices. Furthermore, it’s even more of a challenge to know whether a child is addicted to the internet and social media.
As technology is becoming more pervasive, children and young people are experiencing tech – related dependencies. Do we as parents and carers have the knowledge to identify and support children and young people who may be developing an addiction to their devices?
Check out our useful guide for parents below.
What is Roblox?
According to the Roblox website, ‘Roblox is the world’s largest interactive social platform for play.’ For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is a multi-player online gaming platform which allows children to play and create a variety of games in a 3D world. Roblox is free to play and available on all modern smartphones, tablets, desktops, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world, who can use their imagination to build three-dimensional worlds with virtual building blocks in a digital, pixelated landscape.
It is classed as a ‘sandbox game’ which means players have the freedom to build their own creations with ‘blocks’ they collect and also have the opportunity to explore other people’s creations with their characters.
Players can choose from thousands of different ‘servers’ to join, which are created by other players, making every experience of Minecraft unique.
AGE RESTRICTION 10 +
Approx 74 million users play this online EVERY MONTH!
What is TikTok?
TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover ‘funny and memorable moments’ via short video clips – typically about 15 seconds long. Videos can be ‘spiced up’ with special effect filters, stickers, music and sound clips. Currently one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017. If your child had previously had a Musical.ly account, all of their videos and personal settings will have automatically been moved to TikTok.
See our guide below
What is Kik?
Kik is a private messaging app that allows you to send others messages, photos, videos and webpages, using a Wi-Fi connection instead of a mobile phone number – it logs IP addresses which the company uses to determine location. Kik is only for people aged 13 years and older.
What is XBox Live & Playstation Network?
Xbox Live & Playstation Network are online gaming services which sees more than one billion multiplayer matches played each month. Gamers can connect their console and Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones to Xbox Live or Playstation Network to download and play free games. They can also play games with others and chat either as a party or in private conversations.
See the downloadable parent guides below:
National Online Safety Certified School Programme
We have recently signed up to the National Online Safety certified school programme. It is a complete solution for schools to implement an effective approach to online safety. It has been designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2019 guidance.
The programme includes online safety courses for staff, governors pupils and parents which supports everyone in ensuring that children know how to be safe online.
There is a monthly update service to support schools to stay on top of online safety related news, social media updates, gaming updates and evolving online issues.
There are training courses for parents interested in learning how to keep their children safe online.
Once all the training has been completed the school will receive a National Online Safety Certified Schools Accreditation.
We will be posting monthly updates on our website and any online safety news to help keep children safe online.