The internet has become an integral part of our lives. During these difficult times children’s access to the internet, gaming and use of social media has increased dramatically. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety, from setting up parental controls, to advice on online games and apps. As technology is always changing and new apps appear regularly it’s difficult to know what is appropriate and what isn’t appropriate for your child. Each week we will be sharing some useful websites to help you understand the risks and how to keep your child safe when using technology.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Common Sense Media is a very useful website:

Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Our timely parenting advice supports families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age.

 

  • They offer advice on setting parental controls.
  • You can look at reviews of films, games and apps before you download them. You can search for a particular app or game using the search bar.
  • In the ‘parents need to know’ section there is lots of information on a range of topics dealing with life online. You can search by age group or by topic.
  • There are also parent guides for different apps and games.