Gaming and Online Safety
The internet, mobile phones, portable tablets and internet-enabled gaming devices have become an integral part of everyday social and working lives.
Our children are experiencing the World Wide Web from a young age and although these advances in technology offer a wealth of opportunity, they can also pose risks.
The advice, information and guides below will help parents and carers keep their children safe online.
Online Safety guides and tools
GetSafeOnline offers guidance and simple checklists to help you keep your kids safe online according to their age group.
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Think U Know helps you protect your children from abuse online
Apps guide for parents - this guide maps some of the most common apps available and highlights those that might create risky situations for children, such as unintentionally revealing personal information, stranger danger and generating large bills through in-app purchasing.
Slang terms that parents should know about (Gloucestershire Live 7th Nov 2019). A huge list of slang online terms used by teenagers has been revealed by police as they urge parents to be aware of what some of the language means. A lot of them will already be known to parents and kids alike, but there will be plenty more that you may never have heard or seen before.
Play Parents v Kids Alexa quiz from O2 & NSPCC - Who knows more about the world of online, parents or kids? Get the whole family together and take the O2 NSPCC Parents v Kids quiz. See who knows the most about the online world, and learn a bit more about staying safe.
Supporting young people online, information and advice for parents and carers. A guide from Childnet International.
Digital resilience toolkit for parents There are four types of parenting style: Authoritarian, Permissive, Neglectful and Authoritative. See how your parenting can help build your child's digital resilience.
Guide to Cyber Safety and meeting new people - no matter how young your child is, if they are using a device that has the internet it is important to talk to them about people who contact them online.
Teaching your Teen Online Safety was created as a way to help bring more awareness to people on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens, could be exposed to online
Play, Like, Share a 3-episode animation for 8-10 year olds to help them learn how to spot pressuring and manipulative behaviour online and to stay safe from other risks they might encounter online
NSPCC FREE Workshops for Parents - to help families talk about and understand their children's online world and help keep them safe.
What's the problem? - This guide from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning about something that is happening in your child's online life. You can call their helpline on 0808 1000 900 and speak to an operator in complete confidence and anonymity.
Keeping under 5s safe online
Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. This article looks at the benefits of children accessing the internet and shares advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online. Click here to read the full article from Think U Know.
What do parental controls do? These controls are designed to help parents and carers manage their child's online activities. Click here to read the full article about parental controls.
Videos about how to set parental controls so that when a child searches online, they don't come across inappropriate content.
Bluetooth connected toys
Connected toys with Bluetooth, wi-fi and mobile apps may seem like the perfect Christmas gift but we’ve found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.
Watch the video above to see just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to your child through it. And we’re not talking professional hackers. It’s easy enough for almost anyone to do. Click here to view the full Which? report
Digital 5 a day
A campaign aimed at parents who can encourage their children to enjoy the online world without being totally consumed by it. The campaign, Digital 5 A Day, is based on the NHS’s evidence-based five steps to mental well-being, and gives children and parents practical steps to achieve a balanced digital diet. The five elements of a good digital diet are:
- be active
- get creative
- give to others
- be mindful.
Cyberbullying is a superbly designed youth user-friendly book covering all aspects of cyberbullying including sexting, online grooming, social networking, abusing personal info etc. An indispensable book produced to help victims and witnesses through various stages from reporting a crime to appearing in court and support. Click here to view pages of the book and the full catalogue
See also: Bullying
Sharing pictures of your children online
Most parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family. But remember - pictures you share online could be out there forever. Learn how to protect your children whilst staying social. Click here to read the full article about sharing pictures of children online from Think U Know.
As with any form of technology or online space, adult offenders can use gaming platforms to target children and build relationships with them. Click here to read the full article from Think U Know about gaming
YGAM offers free workshops for parents and foster carers covering the topics of gaming and gambling with the aim of preventing future harms
Find out more from the UK Safer Internet Centre about the safety features available on popular social network sites such as Facebook, Google, Snapchat & WhatsApp
Social Media: How can we protect its youngest users? (BBC News 14 Nov 2020)
Your guide to the social networks your kids use from Net Aware - stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
Video chats and live streaming
Online sexual harm
Find information about what online harm is and ways you can effectively help and support your children
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic
The NSPCC's briefing uses insight from NSPCC helpline contacts and Childline counselling sessions to highlight the impact of online abuse on children during COVID-19. Key themes include online grooming, sharing sexual images and using online platforms for the first time. Read the NSPCC briefing
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