In this ever changing world of online apps and games, do you know what to look out for to keep your children safe? We have included some factsheets and information guides below and will be regularly adding to them. Click on the links for more information.
The Momo Challenge- what it is and how to keep your child safe
The Momo Game but also lots of other inappropriate content is being buried in Youtube videos aimed at children (peppa pig to gaming videos) – from childrens programme characters sticking knives into each other, the sorts of challenges you get with MoMo to very explicit pornography – and it will not be picked up by the platforms until reported – which it may not be for a while. You also have the suicide, self harm, body dysmorphia and eating disorder content on social media which is also hard to block access to.
In all of this only a few make it to mainstream news media (MoMo has been around since at least August of last year) and was preceded by the Blue Whale game, which has largely been discredited as encouraging multiple suicides. I am not saying the risks do not exist but that they exist across all platforms and will always be there where we have unregulated user generated content; the MoMo character image I think makes it appear even more frightening and possibly why it has made headlines around the world.
Click Here to view the factsheet
TikTok - with the recent news coverage of the potential dangers of the popular app TikTok, please look at the National Online Safety information sheet and talk to your children about keeping themselves safe online.
Parenting In a Digital World - a guide for parents that covers key areas of online safety for primary-aged children
Screen Addiction - help your child find the right screen time balance.
FIFA - a parent's guide
Kik - online safety guide for parents
Stay Safe at Home - a Christmas online safety song for parents. If you have digital gifts under your tree, watch this.
YouTube - what parents need to know
Fortnite - a parent' guides need to know
Minecraft - top tips for parents
Online Bullying - what children need to know
For more information and access to websites that offer advice on E-safety, please visit our E-Safety Page