This area of the website is to share the Online Safety Guides originally posted on Class Dojo. These guides provide useful tips for parents and carers when discussing the online environment with children and explain how to make apps and games safer for those that are using them. You may find the guides easier to read on a tablet or phone as you can zoom in to read each section.
Unsurprisingly, TikTok is as popular as ever with over 1 billion users worldwide. For those who don't know, TikTok is a video-sharing social media app which lets people create, view and download looping 15-second clips. Typically, these are videos of users lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs or soundbites.
What some people don't realise is that you must be 13 or older to have an account. However, we understand that parents and siblings may have an account that children may access at times. Therefore, we recommend reading the TikTok safety guide above. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate content, addiction and in-app spending.
Xbox Series X and Series S
The Xbox Series X and Series S are the next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft. They offer improved graphics, sounds and much quicker loading times. Parents should note that the two versions available are quite different. In the guide above, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate games, online interactions and in-game spending.
As I'm sure you're aware, YouTube is a video-sharing social media platform that allows billions of people to watch, share and upload their own videos with a vast range of content.
In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as connecting with strangers, inappropriate content and high visibility.
Remember, you can also guide your child to use Youtube Kids which was built from the ground up to be a safer and simpler experience for children. You will need to set this up for them.
Dealing with upsetting Content
Raising children in the digital age seems to be getting tougher, with the world currently experiencing so many uncertainties. Children across the globe can scarcely go online without being exposed to unsettling stories, images and ideas. Reassuring a concerned child can be difficult, especially when bad news feels omnipresent. The guide offers some advice to help you in discussing upsetting events with young ones.
You'll find guidance on a number of tips such as encouraging your child to ask questions, setting limits and to emphasis hope.
It's been brought to our attention that some children are watching a series on Netflix called Squid Game as well as other inappropriate material. This is NOT age appropriate as it has an age rating of 15. Netflix provides very clear content warnings as it features sexual content, violence and suicide.
We strongly recommend setting up a children's account on Netflix to block any inappropriate material. In the guide provided, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as screen addiction, inappropriate content and hackers.
In school we take online safety very seriously. We frequently discuss how to stay safe online and it is also part of our Purple Mash scheme in computing. Above is a guide filled tips on a number of potential risks such as online strangers, hurtful messages and an unhealthy amount of time spent online.
Above is an online safety guide on how to set up parental controls for Android apps.
Most smartphones allow parents and carers to choose which apps and features appear on their child’s device and which ones don’t – also preventing young people from buying and downloading anything that’s unsuitable for their age.
In the guide, you'll find a number of tips such as how to block app downloads, how to stop auto-updates and how to restrict apps.