Online Safety Post #1:
"Talking about the online world with your child can be difficult, and some topics can be particularly awkward; for you and your child! As a result of this, National Online Safety has put together a series of 7 questions that will help you start an initial conversation with your child, so you have a better understanding of what they do online and how you can protect them.
Additionally, it’s important to note that regular conversations with your child about the Internet will help your child to build confidence when talking about online issues, and therefore help to build trust too."
Stay tuned for more guides and information on staying safe online.
Online Safety Post #2:
"Instagram is an image and video sharing app that allows users to share moments with the world.
The app has a live streaming feature and additional add-ons, such as ‘Boomerang.’ ‘Hyperlapse’ and ‘Layout,’ which can be used to enhance their feed.
Users can choose to add filters and make adjustments, such as brightness /contrast to their photos.
To make their content more ‘searchable,’ users can include hashtags in their uploads to make them easier to find."
Online Safety Post #3:
"Snapchat is a photo sharing app for mobile phones and tablets. The app allows users to share images, videos and chat with friends.
Users can share images and videos directly to specific friends, or through a ‘story’ shared with their entire friend list, which documents the previous 24 hours."
Online Safety Post #4:
"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.
‘Restricted Mode’ is an optional setting you can use to help screen out potentially mature content you may prefer your child not to see. Restricted Mode works on the browser or device level, so must be turned on for each browser or device your child uses."
Online Safety Post #5:
"Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world, who 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.
To avoid potentially inappropriate comments you can turn live chat off.
Many Minecraft users turn to ‘YouTube’ for video tips on improving their game play and discovering new techniques. Although many videos are age-appropriate, some include sexual references and bad language. For this reason, it is recommended that parents watch Minecraft tutorial videos together with their child.
For children under the age of 13, National Online Safety suggests installing ‘YouTube Kids’ which provides a safer platform for children to safely find the content they want."
Online Safety Post #6:
"‘Fortnite – Battle Royale’, is a free to play section of the game ‘Fortnite’.
The game sees 100 players dropped on to an island from a ‘battle bus’ where they have to compete until one survivor remains. The last remaining player on the island wins the game.
Players have to find items hidden around the island, such as weapons, to help them survive longer in the game.
The game includes violence and weapons such as crossbows, grenade launchers, rifes, pistols, shotguns and more.
To make the game harder, there is an added twist called ‘the storm’, which reduces the size of the island from the start of gameplay, making the players closer together in proximity. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and iOS."
Online Safety Post #7:
"Grand Theft Auto is an action-adventure video game series where players control criminals and complete missions as they progress through the game.
During the early stages of the game, it solely focuses on completing missions to go up a level. However, as the game grew more popular the makers of GTA decided to introduce a narrative to each edition of the game. The aim of this was to increase user engagement, making gamers believe that they were not just playing as the character, but they became the character.
Grand Theft Auto is accessible on a number of devices including: PlayStation and Xbox, desktop computers, PSP, Nintendo DS, and Mobile.
Due to the nature of the game and the age restrictions, GTA includes content that is inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18, including sex, nudity, violence, profane language, and substance abuse. These are the main components that make up the game - you have to do certain things and witness certain things in order to move on in the game."
Online Safety Post #8:
"It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to know whether children are spending too much time on their devices. As technology is becoming more pervasive, children and young people are experiencing tech - related dependencies.
In today’s digital age, technology is an important part of a child’s development so completely banning them from their device may mean they are missing out on a lot, including conversations and communication with their friends.
Rather than banning them from using their devices, National Online Safety suggests setting a screen time limit. Work out what you think is a suitable and healthy amount of time for your child to be on their device per week.
Remember that your child may need to use devices for their school homework so only set screen limits on recreational time on their device.
It may seem like an obvious solution, but encouraging children to play with their friends, read a book, or playing outdoors will help them realize they can have fun without their device.
Setting a rule about removing devices from bedrooms may help your child to get the sleep they need and be more focused the next day at school. 20% of teenagers said that they wake up to check their social network accounts on their devices. Even by having a device switched off in their bedroom, they may be tempted to check for notifications."
Online Safety Post #9:
"In this technological era, making friends online and communicating with them has become common practice.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who may try and exploit your trust. Catfishing is when someone creates a fake online profile to trick people into thinking they are somebody else. They assume a fake identity and try to make their victim believe that they are exactly who they say they are.
The term ‘catfish’ was coined in a 2010 documentary about a man who developed an online relationship with a woman, only to discover the person he thought he was
communicating with was someone else.
Encourage your child to talk to their trusted adults about anything that has made them feel uncomfortable online, particularly if someone they don’t know has contacted them. Remind them that they should not accept friend
requests or communicate with anyone they don’t know online, and to ask a parent or carer if they are unsure. It is also very important to closely monitor their internet usage so you are aware of who they are communicating with,
especially if they are being secretive. Have regular and honest conversations with your child about what is safe to share with people online; the importance of keeping private
information private; and that anything that could identify them should not be shared online."