Keeping your children safe on-line
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Parent Guide
Many children are diving into Nintendo’s latest franchise, Animal Crossing. Available on Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, it’s a game that sees children bringing civilisation to a deserted island. Click on the link below to find our what parents need to know about the game – and how you can help your child to have safer, more enjoyable gaming experiences when playing.
Video-Chatting – A guide for parents of primary school children
Video-chatting services have soared in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with good reason: they offer an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family. Primary-aged children might not previously have had much experience with these apps, but may well be using them now more than ever. Click on the link below for a useful parents and carers guide to these services and what you may need to consider.
Netflix – What is it and is it safe for children?
Netflix is the undisputed king of on-demand video. Like its many rivals it has enjoyed a further surge in popularity during the COVID-19 lockdown, and with good reason – it offers alot. Netflix has rolled out some new features to help families have safer, more enjoyable viewing experiences. Click on the link below for more information on how to keep your children safe when using the service.
Safer Internet Day 2020 – Top Tips
As part of the celebrations of world-wide Safer Internet Day top-tips for a range of users have been drawn together – in easy to understand language the tips are high value and really relevant. Links to three sets of tips are provided below – do talk to us in school if you want to explore any of the tips provided, we’d be happy to discuss them with you.
Most parents know there are technical tools out there to help them manage what their child does online, but there are so many types of controls available that you might not always know what they do, how to set them up or if you should use them. This presentation covers the basics of parental controls – what they are, the benefits and limitations – and briefly introduces some of the most common types.
How to Make the Internet Safer for Children at Home
This free 9-minute video guide is for parents and carers keen to create a safer digital environment at home for children and young people. It contains useful guidance for WhatsApp and YouTube users along with many other tips.
Not Google! A search engine that could help you keep your child safe online – Swiggle
fter a 18 months of development, the Online Safety experts at South West Grid for Learning (internet providers to Devon schools) are proud to announce the launch of a new child friendly search engine – www.swiggle.org.uk. Large search engines were not designed with children in mind; young children need a “sandpit” to allow internet searching skills to develop and flourish. Swiggle offers a clean and uncluttered interface; big, visual search results and is ad-free! Take a look at the link below and decide for yourself if Swiggle is a tool that could support both your child’s activity and safety online.
Minecraft is one of the world’s most popular video games, especially with young children. This presentation is a quick overview of the game for parents – what it is, why it’s so popular and what you should know about keeping your children safe when they play it.
Fortnite – What do you need to know?
Fortnite has seen a boom in popularity since September 2017 when it became free-to-play and as a result is now reported to have 45 million players worldwide. This short document provides parents with details of what they need to know about the game as they consider whether Fortnite is appropriate for their children and how they might support safe engagement should they wish.
Under 13’s and Social Media
“Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. It’s hard to get reliable information on just how many underage users are on social media, but one study estimated that over a third of UK nine-to-12-year-olds have a Facebook profile…”