Your guide to the social networks your kids use
Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world. The internet is like a magician’s hat. It's full of exciting things to explore and children love it. But whilst they seem to know what they’re doing, sometimes it’s hard for parents to keep track.
The NSPCC & O2 have got lots of tips and advice. They also are running workshops to help you have the right conversations with your children. They even have a free helpline to give you personal advice whenever you need it.
If you have concerns or want to find out more follow the link:
National Online Safety: nationalonlinesafety.com
The Parent Zone: theparentzone.co.uk
Childnet International: childnet.com
Vodafone Digital Parenting: vodafone.com/parents
UK Safer Internet Centre: saferinternet.org.uk/parents
Snapchat, is the social media app which has been flagged by the NSPCC & the Humberside Police as being one of the main sources of online grooming incidents over the past 6 months in the region.
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 last 24 hours. In a study, Snapchat was ranked the 4th most negative app in terms of having an impact on young people’s health and wellbeing, with children feeling that they can use the app Snapchat to “make you look pretty”.
This guide informs parents about the dangers associated with the social media platform and how they can reduce the associated risks, including sexting, snap map and snap streaks.
You can download the guide here:
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 and hidden items, such as weapons, to help them survive longer in the game. To make the game more challenging, there is an added twist called ‘the storm’ which reduces the size of the island from the start of gameplay, bringing the players closer together in proximity. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and iOS.NO PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED Signing up to the game is relatively simple. Users have the option to log in with either their Facebook or Google accounts or their email address. When signing up with an email address, no proof of age is required. If your child is under the age of 12, it is important to check whether your child has the game downloaded.
For more information about how to keep your child safe online at home follow the link to the National Online Safety guides: