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 so we will look into free alternatives. 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: