The internet is an amazing resource which enables us to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However the internet is always changing and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.
To help you find out more about the games your children are playing, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/. Using this website, you can search different games and apps and find out the recommended age as well as a summary describing the game. Unfortunately there is now a charge for regular use of this service, parents can currently read 3 reviews for free each month. If you would like more information about different games your child is playing, then you can visit https://www.taminggaming.com/.
Parents should be aware that many of the games below are not recommended for children under the age of thirteen.
At present a very popular game is Fortnite. Please follow the links for two very useful guides for parents:
Another very popular app is Tik Tok (formerly called Musical.ly). Please follow the link for a very useful guide for parents:
Please see below for regular updates for parents.
Some other useful websites for parents:
http://www.internetmatters.org (has guides to using parental controls)
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk UK Internet Safety Centre: (has guides to using parental controls)
http://www.connectsafely.org/ (guides to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Google+)
Vodafone’s online digital parenting magazine: http://www.vodafone.com/parents
If you want to learn how to stay safe online while playing games, visit this website, http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for fun games and activities. There are different sections and games depending on how old you are.
Some other useful websites for children:
Some safe search engines: