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Keeping Your Child Safe Online:
Spending more time indoors means that children may be spending more time online, but its important to keep them safe. National Online Safety have some great guides on certain platforms including Minecraft, Fortnite and Roblox. Its important to keep communicating with your child about the games they play, and what contact they have with online players.
The NSPCC have some great tips on signs of online bullying, grooming, sending images and sharing personal information online, and in-game purchases; giving advice on how to handle these situations, and providing helpful animated videos that you can watch together and talk about.
Its also important to remember that young people use platforms such as Discord and Reddit to text, call and video chat while playing games. Its important to monitor these interactions and make sure you know the person your child is taking to.
With the current pandemic, children may see frightening content online. Some of this may be fake news or just distressing content. It is important to have conversations with your child about what's happening in the world, and how they feel. Here is a helpful page on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus, including virtual contact with family and friends, and also creating a routine for day to day life. If you are worried about your child's mental health, its best to book an appointment with your GP.
As children start to explore the internet, they may come across content that isn't suitable for their age, or that may upset them or worry them. Its important to reassure your child that what they may have seen is not appropriate for their age, and reassure that they can come to you if they feel they've seen something inappropriate. Net Aware has detailed profiles on platforms online, along with instructions on how to block content on social media.