Technology and the internet are part of our daily lives. It’s almost impossible for children to avoid coming into contact with the online world. From social media apps to messaging services to online gaming, it’s important that we, as trusted adults, help to protect children from harm. But it’s just as important that they too know how to respond to online dangers.
National Online Safety
That’s why we’ve created this useful guide for children outlining various online safety do’s and don’ts to help empower them to make the right decisions when interacting with the online world.
The trained Childline counsellors are there for young people 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Talking to Childline can be the first step that gets a child's life back on track. And young people can get help and support with any issue they're going through, no matter how big or small.
As of May 2018, WhatsApp's minimum age of use is 16 years old if you live in the European Union, or a country that has adopted the GDPR, as the UK has. It was previously 13 and WhatsApp has not yet said what will happen to users between 13 and 16 who already held accounts under the old terms and conditions.
Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline. Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”
Creating Family Accounts on your Xbox is a great first step towards putting safety as a priority. Any account with a birth date that places the user under the age of 18 will be asked to acquire parental consent to use the service.
Set time limits on Play time- It may not be popular at first but setting a limit on ‘Play Time’ for Child Accounts can be a sensible way to keep a healthy balance with gaming.
Know your age ratings- There are five ratings – 3, 7, 12, 16, and 18 – and a range of content descriptors that detail what in the game could be considered harmful or offensive.