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Internet Safety Resources for Parents

What Children Need to Know About Bullying

Why Does It Happen?Going online makes it easier for people to say and do things they probably wouldn’t do face to face. Online bullies don’t get to see their victims’ reactions in real life, so this can cocoon them from the real damage that they are doing. Quite often, people bully because they are going through something difficult themselves and taking it out on others is the only way they know how to get control of their own emotions. What Read More…

Fortnite Guide for Parents

Fortnite – Battle Royale.’ is a free to play section of the game ‘Fortnite.’ The game sees 100 players dropped on to an island from a ‘battle bus,’ where they have to compete until one survivor remains. The last remaining player on the island wins the game. Players have to find hidden items, such as weapons, to help them survive longer in the game. To make the game more challenging, there is an added twist called ‘the storm’ which reduces Read More…

Instagram Guide for Parents

Instagram is an image and video sharing app that allows users to share moments 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. Users can choose to add filters and make adjustments, such as brightness / contrast to their photos. To make their content more ‘searchable,’ users can include hashtags in their uploads to make them easier to find. What Parents Need to Read More…

Kik Guide for Parents

Kik (or Kik Messenger) is a free messaging app used by 300 million people worldwide that lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and webpages via aWi-Fi connection or data plan. Kik is unusual in that your child can sign up without a phone number and then find and message other people via just their username. Kik is aimed at anyone aged 13 years and older – the app says teens between 13 and 18 years old will need parental Read More…

Minecraft Guide for Parents

Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world, who use their imagination to build three-dimensional worlds with virtual building blocks in a digital, pixelated landscape. It is classed as a ‘sandbox game’, which means players have the freedom to build their own creations with ‘blocks’ they collect and also have the opportunity to explore other people’s creations with their characters. Players can choose from thousands of different ‘servers’ to join, which are created by other players, making every Read More…

Twitter Guide for Parents

Twitter is 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. What Parents Need to Know About Twitter TWITTER TROLLSA ‘troll’ is somebody who deliberately posts negative or offensive comments online in a bid to provoke an Read More…

Screen Addiction Guide for Parents

Many adults have their own screen addictions, so it can be challenging for parents and caregivers 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 the internet and social media. As technology is becoming more pervasive, children and young people are experiencing tech-related dependencies. Do we as parents and caregivers have the knowledge to identify and support children and young people who Read More…

Roblox Guide for Parents

Download Roblox Guide for Parents (PDF)Download According to the Roblox website, ‘Roblox is the world’s largest interactive social platform for play.’ For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is a multi-player online gaming platform which allows children to play and create a variety of games in a 3D world. Roblox is free to play and available on all modern smartphones, tablets, desktops, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. What Parents Need to Know About Roblox Read More…

Grand Theft Auto Guide for Parents

What Parents Need to Know About Grand Theft Auto GrandTheft Auto is an action-adventure video game series where players control criminals and wreak havoc in order to complete missions and progress through the game. During the early stages of the game, it solely focuses on completing missions to go up a level. However, as the game grew more popular the makers of GTA decided to introduce a narrative to each edition of the game.The aim of this was to increase Read More…

Internet Safety Resources for Parents

Almost every parent has been guilty of using electronics as a babysitting tool for their child. In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was the radio. After that, the television. Then the computer. Today it’s a variety of devices, including smartphones, iPads and XBOX’s. A landmark research study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that brain scans of some 4,500 children showed “different patterns” depending on how much screen time they were exposed to per day. (Ever notice Read More…