Here at Springhead Primary, we love computers and computer games. They can be great learning experiences, as well as a lot of fun! This is, of course, as long as children are kept safe online. National Online Safety, a great organisation dedicated to online safety, has published the following guides. We hope you find these helpful.
It can be challenging for parents and carers to know whether children are spending too much time on their devices. Furthermore, it's even more of a challenge to know whether a child is addicted to social media. Read the guide below for information on what is known as 'screen addiction'.
Live streaming is the term used to describe the broadcast of a real-time video from a mobile device, tablet or games console. Live streaming opens up a world of excitement for children, where they can watch live concerts, celebrities, and connect with their friends. The 'stream' can go both ways, and there are apps which enable children to broadcast their own live streams. There are many positives to this technology, but there are dangers with it, too. Click the link below to see National Online Safety's guide.
'Apps' are designed to run on certain devices and are written for a specific operating system, such as Apple iOS, Windows, or Android. There are some tips below to help you moderate and manage your children's use of an app store.
YouTube is a video sharing site/application that enables users to upload, view, rate, share and comment on a wide variety of videos. Some of our pupils own YouTube accounts, so we're including the guide below to help parents keep their children safe.
A social networking site where users can post 'tweets' or short messages, photos and videos publicly. They can also share tweets written by others to their followers. Twitter is popular with young people, as it allows them to interact with celebrities, stay up to date with news, trends and current social relevance. The guide below provides tips for parents whose children use Twitter.
One of the most popular messaging apps in the world. It is used to send and receive text, photos, videos and documents, as well as to make voice and video calls. If your child is using WhatsApp, there are some tips in the leaflet below to help keep them safe.
Describing itself as a 'community of millions who come together to create their own unique, live, unpredictable, never-to-be-repeated entertainment', Twitch is a popular platform for online gaming enthusiasts. With young children and teenagers using the platform, it is important for parents and trusted adults to be aware of the associated risks. See more info in the leaflet below.
Reddit is a rather unique site that blends the idea of a social network with news, discussion forums and various other media. The leaflet below contains some helpful tips for parents.
TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover 'funny and memorable moments' via short video clips - typically about 15 seconds long. See the leaflet below for some helpful parents' tips.
Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world. Players have the freedom to build their own landscapes and creations. They also have the opportunity to explore other people's creations with their characters, connecting to online servers which other players can create. If your child is playing Minecraft, there are some tips in the leaflet below to help keep them safe.
Instagram is a photo sharing app that allows users to share images and videos with the world. The app has a live streaming feature and additional add-ons, such as 'Boomerang', 'Hyperlapse' and 'Layout', which can be used to enhance their feed. There are some tips in the leaflet below for parents whose children are using Instagram.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, known as PUBG for short, is an online multiplayer gaming experience, and one of the most popular games in the world. Click the link below for more information, and tips for parents whose children are playing this game.
Roblox is a multi-player online gaming platform which allows children to play and create a variety of 3D games. It also features online payments. There are some tips in the leaflet below for parents whose children are playing this game.
Snapchat is a photo sharing app for mobile phones and tablets. Some of our pupils are using this app, and there are some handy hints for parents in the leaflet below.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
"Fortnite: Battle Royale" is sweeping the nation at the moment, and we thought you'd appreciate National Online Safety's guide to the game. There are some tips in the guide to help keep children safe if they're playing.
Thanks to National Online Safety.
CEOPCEOP protects children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA-led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
NSPCC Net AwareLearn more about social networks which your children may be using (e.g. Facebook), and further information about how to help keep them safe online.
Parent InfoParent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience - including online safety.
NSPCC Share AwareHelp your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games.