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If you are going to buy your children a phone or game with internet access for Christmas Please keep an eye on what they are connecting to keep them safe I personally regret the day I bought my daughter the phone all her friend had  My intention was good but that’s when all my trouble started with my daughter even tho I had warned her and checked. there are dirty people out there and our children need to be protected from them

Ask your child if they know:

  • where reporting functions are
  • how to block someone
  • how to keep information private.

Show them how to do these things. Use Net Aware to help you.

Talk about online privacy, and being Share Aware. Explain that online behaviour – including sharing personal information – should mirror behaviour in person.

Explain that talking to strangers isn’t always ‘bad’, but they should always be careful about what they share and sometimes people aren’t who they say they are.

What are the risks of online games?

  • Children may view inappropriate or upsetting content if they play games that aren’t suitable for their age. This could include sexual or violent material. It might be in-game content or produced by other players.
  • Some players can be abusive towards others or try to exclude them from the game. Some players may also hack another user’s account or try to steal and destroy their virtual possessions. This can be as upsetting for a young person as if it happened in real life.
  • Children may play with adults they don’t know. People of all ages play games. Some adults may exploit this and try to build an emotional connection with a child for the purpose of grooming.
  • Some children may find it hard to stop playing games or find that gaming is getting the way of them doing other activities.
  • Help for adults concerned about a child
    Call us on 0808 800 5000

    Help for children and young people
    Call Childline on 0800 1111

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