ONLINE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Welcome to our Online Safety page.
We will be regularly adding information and links as needed to help keep parents informed and give tips about how to help keep your children safe online.
Please let us know if there is any particular information you would like.
Facebook is an online social media platform that has over 2 billion users across the globe. It was initially for university students but soon expanded out and since 2006, anyone over the age of 13 is able to join the platform. It is available on all devices from your desktop and laptop computer to smartphones and tablets. Users can add photos and videos, update their status, interact with others and catch up with the latest news. Despite requiring users to be over 13, there are no age verification measures and children can easily create an account. It’s therefore important that you familiarise themselves with the main features of the platform to ensure your young ones remain safe if, and when, they use it.
Roblox 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. Please be aware that there are some areas of Roblox that require interaction between players, which is why we have uploaded this guide for you.
Chances are you may not have heard of Steam. In very simple terms, it’s an online marketplace where individuals can buy, download, stream and play PC games. There’s an extensive library of games available but it also has a built-in chat function and means you have to provide personal information when signing up. That’s why we’ve uploaded this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what Steam is about and to raise their awareness around any potential safety concerns.
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Users can upload and edit photos and videos which they can share with their followers via their feed or through the ‘Stories’ feature. It’s widely used by celebrities and is famous for its ‘influencer culture’, with many companies paying the most popular accounts to help promote and sell their products and services. Read through this useful guide to help understand exactly what Instagram is all about.
Facebook Messenger (13+)
Facebook Messenger has been an intricate part of Facebook for some time. It is used by billions of people all over the world and has slowly evolved over the years, now offering more than just a simple text messaging service. More recently, it has introduced ‘Messenger Rooms’ in a bid to rival other video calling software platforms, such as Zoom for instance. That's why this week, we’ve uploaded this useful guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what Facebook Messenger is all about.
Nintendo Switch (6+)
The Switch is a hybrid console released by popular video game company Nintendo in 2017. It’s classed as a hybrid because it’s designed to be played both at home on a television-like traditional console (think a PlayStation or an Xbox) or out and about like a portable console, such as a GameBoy. It uses two detachable and wireless ‘Joy-Con’ controllers on either side of the console’s screen, which can be used by one or two players. The Switch can be played on the internet with the purchase of Nintendo Switch Online, in the living room together or on the go during long journeys, but bear in mind it needs to be charged just like anything else!
Minecraft is still as popular today as it was when it was first released. The highly addictive block building game has developed a huge following and has millions of monthly active users playing it worldwide across PC, console and mobile platforms. Minecraft is relatively safe generally speaking, however, as per any game, it pays to be mindful about the main features that children may encounter.
Fortnite and Fortnite: Chapter 2 (13+)
Fortnite and Fortnite: Chapter 2 are basically the same game. Almost all of the changes are cosmetic which means the concept of the game remains the same, with players still aiming to be the last man standing. For parents and carers however, it pays to remain vigilant, especially when it comes to using real money to buy the in game currency 'V-bucks' in order to purchase loot boxes.
Recommended Apps for ages 3 - 14
Below is an image that details recommended apps for children in 3 age brackets; Early Years (3-7), 7-11 and 11-14. Please take these apps as suggestions and if you have any doubt about whether your child should be accessing any app, always research the app before giving them access.
Disney+ is the latest big player in the TV streaming market. The global brand has released its own subscription-based streaming service to rival that of competitors such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV. As the name might suggest, it’s designed to be family friendly, with content restricted to 12a. It can be streamed on pretty much any device – mobile phones, tablets, PC’s, TVs and games consoles – and features a huge library of classic Disney titles.
Netflix is 18+ unless using a children's profile.
Video and parent information poster to help parents keep children safe using Fortnite.
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Tik Tok (formerly Musical.ly) (13+)
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. 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. This free guide for parents & carers covers what they need to know about the platform to help safeguard their children from potential online risks including; dangerous trends & challenges, oversharing, online payments, inappropriate content and more.
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