Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others. Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones. 

However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.

There is also the concern about the children themselves behaving in inappropriate ways.

Gaming

The links below to the activity packs for parents and carers to deliver to their children, explores how they can stay safe while gaming

4-5 on-line safety home activity pack

5-7 on-line safety home activity pack

8-10 on-line safety home activity pack

11-13 on-line safety home activity pack

In-game chat Think U Know

video guides Think U Know

To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:

TikTok – Age 13+

Get clued up on the short video app that has over a billion users.

Click here to find out more about what TikTok is

Click here for a fabulous review of TikTok

Click here for another great review of TikTok

WhatsApp – Age 16+

WhatsApp is great for free phone calls, video calls and messages, but do you know the dangers of it?

Click here for a fabulous review of WhatsApp

Snapchat – Age 13+

What do you know about the app that many people use for communicating or a quick bit of silly fun?

Click here for a fabulous review of Snapchat

Instagram – Age 13+

What is Instagram?

Click here for a fabulous review of Instagram

Digital Parenting Magazine

It is a wonderful resource full of useful information and top tips, covering a huge range of online safety topics.

Click here to view the latest edition of the Digital Parenting Magazine

Click here to view previous editions of the Digital Parenting Magazine

CEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents Area

This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more. Your children will be familiar with the child version of this site as it used in school you could perhaps ask them to help you with navigating through it.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

A Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Would you know whether your son/ daughters profile is set to public or private? Would you know how to check? Do you know what POS stands for when children are online chatting (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you know what Phishing is? Facebook is very popular amongst young people (and many adults) this guide is produced annually to keep parents up to date with tips for keeping their children safe when using Facebook and informing them of the latest trends for Facebook usage.

http://www.connectsafely.org/pdfs/fbparents.pdf 

Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent amongst children and young people when they are online, particularly as the popularity of online gaming continues to increase. To help parents deal with any incidents of cyberbullying or if you think your child maybe a victim of online bullying there is advice and guidance for you as a parent and how to deal with such scenarios.

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice/parents-and-carers.aspx

On-line Safety