In today's world there are lots of different ways for your children to contact their friends and families. It is even getting easier and easier to share the thing they like over the internet and enjoy the company of friends in a virtual world while sat at home. But even though the internet is an amazing thing, it is important that it is understood in order for it to be used appropriately and responsibly. Below are a list of things to be aware of and list of useful websites to help give information and train your family to be safe and responsible internet users.
Games consoles are a popular way for your children to engage with other through online multiplayer. Although these games allow your child to chat with friends while playing along side them in most multiplayer games there are many people they do not know playing too. It is important that your child knows about friends lists and not to talk to or give personal information to anyone they do not know. However, it is not just with online games that your child is at risk, it is important that you look at the age displayed on the box. Just like with films this is a legal requirement and as such your child should not engage with any content that displays an age above that of your child.
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In addition to this it is important to note that all modern consoles have internet browsers built in and the ability to send other players messages as well as the ability to join social groups to discuss current and favourite topics and games. All these things are great if used correctly.
It is important however to be aware that these features can also be used for cyber bullying and the expressing of inappropriate views and language which your child should not be subjected to. It is therefore important to keep control of these features by using the Parental Control features present on all modern consoles.
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It is likely that your child either has or has access to some sort of mobile technology in your house (phone, tablet etc...). These are great ways to keep your child entertained and even educated with a range of brilliant and engaging games and resources. But, once again, it is important that they are used appropriately and monitored carefully. Messaging is a great way to stay in contact with friends but your child must know that they should only give their number to people who they know and trust. Apps, like video games, have an age rating which should be adhered to if your child is to be safe from inappropriate content (don't judge a game or app based on what it looks like in the pictures).
For more information click the link: www.commonsensemedia.org
The line on social media is a simple one. No child at a primary age (4 - 11) should have a social media account with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or any other social media of this type. It is illegal for a child under 13 to use these social media sites.
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Also available is a list of child friendly social media sites:
For more information on how to use the internet safely see any and all of the links below, they are all useful:
For a whole range of resources on online safety
For videos and activities to teach online safety:
For ideas for how to discover the online world safely for parents and children
For easy to use videos and guides on keeping safe online
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