Five things parents should know about 'screen time'

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have just issued their advice on ‘screen time’.
This includes the advice ‘no screens an hour before planned sleep time’

Read the full article here PDF iconBlog-2019-01-rcpch_screen_time_parent_fact_sheet.pdf

E-Safety Advice Sites:

NSPCC – Share Aware: Do you know your Snapchat from your ooVoo? If not then this website explains what each App is for and how safe it is to use.

Internet Matters homepage, and specifically Parental Controls: Learn how to set parental controls on phones, tablets, games consoles, media sites such as Netflix and your internet connection as a whole.

CEOP – Thinkuknow: General advice for parents, students and staff for staying safe online. 

CEOP – Make a Report: Used to report if your child has had inappropriate online contact.

UK Safer Internet Centre: e-safety tips, advice and resources, and home of Safer Internet Day

National Online Safety: online safety guides for parents and carers

CBBC Stay Safe: site for parents to share with children, Learn how to stay safe online with Hacker's Stay Safe Facts.

Specific game / app advice

NSPCC - net-aware.org.uk - a great site for parents and carers to see potential risks asscoiated with commonly asked-for apps:

Fortnite

 

Further to the publicity and popularity of this online game please see these recently published factsheets:

factsheet

PDF iconFortnite Battle Royale Guide for Parents

Musical.ly has a new name - TikTok

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

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/whatsapp/

PDF iconTik-Tok Parents Guide

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app which lets you send messages, images and videos in one to one and group chats with your contacts. You can choose to share your live location for up to eight hours with one contact or a group.

You can find out more here:

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/whatsapp/

PDF iconWhatsApp-Parents-Guide.pdf

Momo Challenge

What it is and how to keep your child safe information here:

PDF iconMomo Information for Parents

PDF iconMOMO Online Safety Guide for Parents