Internet Safety & Gaming (Secondary School)
The internet is of course hugely fun and educational but can also lead to problems. Some children may run into difficulties with social media or online bullying, others may become addicted to gaming. We've selected a range of some of the best resources both for parents and for young people below.
THINKUKNOW: Parental controls, 'how to stay safe online', 'worried who your child might be talking to online?' and more. Resources for children in different age groups as well as parents and carers. Most children will be covering this extensively at school but these websites can reinforce those messages or help parents be up to date.
Net Aware: A brilliant site which will keep you up to date with safety issues with whatever games, social media and Apps your child is using e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, Minecraft and Fortnite with age ratings and an indication of what children like and dislike about it.
National Online Safety also has detailed information on games and social media e.g snapchat, tictoc, kik, FIFA, youtube, instagram, grand theft auto and many more. The downloadable posters make it particularly good for use in schools. There are also tips on starting up a conversation with your child.
Social media and teenagers: a practical approach. Excellent downloadable (or read on-line) booklet looking at problems with internet use in young people, offering common sense advice. It's an easy read and gives a balanced view.
Gaming addiction : Worried your child is addicted to gaming?
A dvice on gaming addiction
NSPCC Information on parental controls, online pornography and what risks may be associated with games like minecraft or streaming. You can even book an appointment with someone in an O2 store to help you set up parental controls for free
Safer Internet Advice for children all ages safety tools, parent guides to technology and lots more
Papaya Parents Parents Against Phone Addiction in Young Adolescents
young people discuss pornography, fantasy vs reality and how it can impact them. Might be a useful video to signpost your teenager to but probably not watch together! Teenagers and pornography-
What is sexting and what do parents need to be aware of?