ESSENTIAL PARENTS INFORMATION
Most children today have access to the Internet through a variety of different devices, at home and at school – through phones, tablets, games consoles, laptops and PCs.
They play games and use apps that allow them to chat with other children, share videos and photos and make in game purchases.
It can be hard to keep up to date with all the apps and games that are available to your children but we hope to be able to help you by providing information on this page.
A good starting point is:
Net aware provides guides to a variety of different apps letting you know what you can do in the app, the recommended age ranges and what any risks might be. These are some of the key ones to know about:
TikTok is a social media platform that lets you share and discover 15 second video clips.
Minecraft – is a game that lets you build, create and explore virtual worlds with building blocks. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/minecraft/
Roblox – is an online game and app where you can create and share your own games and games that others have made. There is an option to chat to other players. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/roblox/
Instagram – is a popular photo sharing site, it is possible to comment on other people’s photos. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/instagram/
WhatsApp – is an instant messaging app which allows you to share photos, videos, text messages and make calls.
Snapchat – The snapchat app lets you send videos, photos and messages to your friends which appear briefly and then disappear: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/
Check out this page for guides to many more games and apps: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/
Blue Whale – There is an online game called Blue Whale, which originated in Russia.
It encourages self harm for 50 days then committing suicide on the last day.
Young people carve a whale on their forearm. There has been increased suicides in Russia, linked to this game.
In Hampshire there have been 2 completed suicides and 2 v.near misses.
Yellow – Look out for ‘Yellow’ a dating app for teenagers, Information on Yellow
also look out for ‘Lovoo’ and ‘Woozworld’.
Lovoo is an online dating, chatting and flirting app. You can search for people who are close to your current location and engage in private chats. The app is free but there is also a ‘VIP’ paid membership option. The VIP membership enables you to end a greater number of chat requests, have more matches and view other users profiles anonymously in ‘ghost mode’ so they don’t know you’ve seen their picture and details.
Woozworld is a virtual gaming app which allows the user to create their own fashion themes avatar and do quests. It has chat facilities and the app has been described as being designed for the ‘tween’ market with the average age of users being between 8 and 14.
Other useful websites include:
safepolicies.lgfl.net (as well as templates, the UKCIS framework and PSHE guidance are here)
Links for Children
There are lots of great things to do on the Internet from playing games, looking for something for school, listening to music, watching video clips or just looking for cool stuff. But you also need to know how to stay safe online and what to do if you come across something you don’t like.
Think U Know for 5 to 7 year olds – 5, 6 or 7? This website has been set up just for you, to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
Think U Know for 8 to 10 year olds – showing you what’s good on the Internet. Have a look at what’s not and shows you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.
Kids Smart – gives advice on how to stay safe on the Internet, whatever you are doing including searching for information, playing games, listening to music and entering competitions.
CBBC Stay Safe: Advice on Internet Safety – includes interactive clips from Tracy Beaker, a Newsround Special and Dongle’s Guide to be SMART.
Links for parents and carers
Using the internet can make learning fun, fast and easy. Whether researching a school project, chatting with frends or playing a game, you can help your child surf safely and feel confident about learning online. The following sites offer help to keeping you and your child safe online:
BBC Webwise online safety course – this site gives advice on not only keeping your child safe, but also gives tips on what adults should be doing for themselves too.
Think U Know – Parents and Carers – produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Their site offers really good advice on keeping your child safe online.
UK Council for Child Internet Safety– offering advice on Cyberbullying, Social Netwroking, downloading files and online gaming as well as general advice on keeping your child safe online.