General E-Safety

Nowadays technology is so prevalent that kids under 3 will have access to technology and will regularly use it their whole life. With such technology there comes a lot of risks, one such being videogames, videogames and apps are not necessarily bad, however sometimes the people on the games or the social media apps can cause a lot of harm and long lasting effects. Thankfully, there are a multitude of ways to prevent it, first let’s mention what some of the games and apps are and then some safety tips regarding them.

Fortnite

Fortnite is a popular battle royale game where players compete to be the last one standing. It involves combat, strategic building, and collaboration with other players.

Safety Tips:

1 – Parental Controls: Use the in-game parental controls to manage who your child can communicate with.

2 – Monitor Multiplayer: Despite it being a battle royale, there are other modes such as creative where users can make and do anything, ensure they only play age appropriate games.

3 – Manage Friend Requests: Make sure that the people your child adds are people they know in real life.

4 – Purchases: Ensure that any purchase is a one-time thing and remove the card from the account once the purchase is made, otherwise the child could easily keep buying items in the game.

5 – Communication: Disable/limit voice chat so any strangers can’t talk to your child and they can’t talk back to them.

Call of Duty (COD)

COD is a first-person shooter game known for its realistic graphics and intense gameplay. It often features team-based missions and multiplayer modes.

Safety Tips:

1 – Communication: Disable/limit voice chat so that strangers will not be able to talk to your child

2 – Discuss online safety: Ensure your child know what not to say to strangers if they manage to speak to people online

3 – Manage Friend Requests: Ensure that your child does not add every single person they see and instead only add people they know in real life

4 – Teach : Teach your child that games are different to real life

The way to keep safe on both these games are quite similar, here is a game where little to no supervision is required:

Minecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox game that encourages creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. Players can build and explore virtual worlds made up of blocks.

The way in which Minecraft is more of a safe game is that it has a popular single player mode where players can build, explore and create contraptions. The only problem that can come is multiplayer, if your child joins servers then anyone can talk to them, there is a way to disable the chat though and if the child is on PlayStation or Xbox then not having PsPlus or Xbox Live will disable multiplayer and make it so they can only play single player.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a social media app that allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after being viewed. It also has a messaging feature and various filters.

Safety Tips:

1 – Privacy Settings: Set your child’s account to private to control who can see their snaps.

2 – Friend Requests: Teach your child to only accept friend requests from people they know

3 – Monitor Usage: Regularly check who your child is communicating with and what they are sharing.

4 – Discuss Online Behaviour: Educate your child about the risks of sharing personal information and inappropriate content.

Instagram will be pretty similar, the main takeaway is to monitor their online usage and to disable/monitor friend requests on these apps and for videogames to limit voice chat and monitor the age rating of severs/lobbies that the child could join. There is an app where children can socialise with little to no harm and that is:

WhatsApp:

WhatsApp is an app where you can easily message, call, facetime ,make group chats and it is totally secure as in order to use WhatsApp you need a phone number.

This means that if your child wants to talk to their friend all they need is their phone number and they can talk to them on WhatsApp with little to no risk. As long as your child doesn’t get access to someone else’s number that they shouldn’t have access to then they should be fine.