Today more and more of our children are using gadgets such as mobile phones, iPads, tablets etc to access online material like YouTube and online games. Even using the Xbox or PlayStation to play online can make problems arise. Online bullying or ‘cyber-bullying’ can happen on all platforms and can seriously damage our children’s mental health and self-esteem.
This is page will be updated regularly with information for you as parents and guardians and how we can overcome the problems we face.
Fortnite is a survival game where 100 players fight against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing. It is a fast-paced, action-packed game, not unlike The Hunger Games, where strategic thinking is a must in order to survive. There are an estimated 125 million players on Fortnite.
A big thanks to National Online Safety for the above tips, video and advice www.nationalonlinesafety.com
The social network app Musical.ly has often given adults cause for concern, because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable.
Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app. There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent the user from being able to start their own live streams.
You can find out more here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/what-tiktok-looking-latest-lip-syncing-app
Roblox is an online game creator system where the majority of the content is created by “amateur” game creators. These game makers are able to create and publish games to the community using simple tools. And that means they can try ideas that wouldn’t get funded for a commercial release.
These games can then be played by children worldwide, often online together, through a phone or tablet application or a web browser.
Games like Prison Escape, Work in a Pizza Place, Shark Attack or Disaster Survival offer a playful way to experience adult-like scenarios in quick competitive rounds played socially.
Roblox games reflect the sort of imaginative play you often find in the playground. One child has an idea about a game to play, others join him or her and the rules slowly change as the group decides how to have fun together. Roblox creators can quickly update and adjust their games to match the demands of the huge playing community.
This ever-changing and expanding library of games is a big part of Roblox popularity. Combine this with the millions of other players to compete against in challenges and you have the perfect recipe for youngsters to enjoy.
There are dangers to be aware of though and those will be covered in the PDF below.