Guides

Gaming

What parents need to know about Minecraft

  • Published 15th January 2020

A guide to Minecraft a sandbox game where players can build houses and other creations, explore vast environments and play with other people online.

Social Media

What parents need to know about TikTok

  • Published 8th January 2020

TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos.

Social Media Technology

12 Social Media Online Safety Tips

  • Published 4th December 2019

Tips to make sure that your personal information stays private, your postings are positive and that your social media use overall is responsible.

Technology Child Friendly

12 Smartphone Online Safety Tips

  • Published 4th December 2019

Providing useful tips for children to use new devices safely and responsibly this Christmas.

Child Friendly

Online Safety Tips For Children

  • Published 27th November 2019

Guide for children outlining various online safety do’s and don’ts to help empower them to make the right decisions when interacting with the online world.

Gaming

What Parents Need to Know About Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Published 20th November 2019

Guide to aid parents in navigating the latest iteration of Call of Duty, one of the most recognisable video games on the planet.

Mental Health Online Bullying Online Relationships Social Media

What School Staff Need to Know About Cyberbullying

  • Published 13th November 2019

Guide to help schools deal with Cyberbullying (bullying which takes place online).

Gaming

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 20

  • Published 6th November 2019

Guide to help parents understand the online risks of the latest iteration of the popular FIFA video game franchise.

Technology

Suggested Apps and Games

  • Published 30th October 2019

Three handy guides for parents and carers with suggested apps and games that children might enjoy using to learn and play.

Mental Health Social Media

What Parents Need to Know About Sadfishing

  • Published 23rd October 2019

A guide for parents on ‘Sadfishing’, described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention.

Gaming

What Parents Need to Know About Fortnite Chapter 2

  • Published 16th October 2019

A guide to help Parents and Carers understand the updates to the popular Battle Royale game Fortnite.

Mental Health

Do Video Games Actually Cause Violent Behaviour

  • Published 9th October 2019

A guide looking at the arguments both for and against the idea that video games cause violent behaviour.

Gaming

Understanding Video Game Loot Boxes & Skin Betting

  • Published 2nd October 2019

A guide discussing what parents and carers need to know about in-game purchases such as loot boxes, and the dangers that surround “skin” betting.

Social Media

8 Things Parents Need to Know About YouTube Kids

  • Published 25th September 2019

A guide giving parents and carers 8 useful pieces of information relevant to the popular application YouTube Kids.

Mental Health Social Media

Social Pressures Linked to ‘Appearance’

  • Published 18th September 2019

A guide discussing the social pressures felt by children and young people in relation to ‘Appearance’.

Mental Health

Social Pressures Linked to ‘Social Media Influencers’

  • Published 11th September 2019

A guide discussing the social pressures felt by children and young people in relation to ‘Influencers’.

Mental Health

Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’

  • Published 4th September 2019

A guide discussing the social pressures felt by children and young people in relation to ‘Friends and Followers’.

Mental Health

Social Pressures Linked To ‘Likes’

  • Published 28th August 2019

A guide discussing the social pressures felt by children and young people in relation to ‘Likes’.

Gaming

Fortnite Battle Royale Online Safety Guide

  • Published 21st August 2019

A guide to the incredibly popular online multi-player "battle royale" game Fortnite.

Gaming

Policing vs Parenting: Get to grips with gaming

  • Published 13th August 2019

A guide discussing best ways to guide children towards gaming health.

Technology

Virtual Reality Guide for Parents & Carers

  • Published 7th August 2019

A guide to VR (Virtual Reality), the practice of creating computer generated images or sometimes even entire worlds for a user to experience as if they were there.

Gaming

Nintendo Switch Online Safety Guide for Parents & Carers

  • Published 31st July 2019

A guide to the popular hybrid video game console the Nintendo Switch.

Technology Social Media

What trusted adults need to know about FaceApp

  • Published 24th July 2019

A guide to FaceApp, an app by Wireless Lab which uses uploaded images of someone’s face, and allows them to add a variety of interesting filters making themselves look older, younger, appear with different hair colour and so on.

Technology

How to manage what your children watch on TV

  • Published 17th July 2019

A guide on managing what your children watch on Television.

Policy

Leicestershire Police: Addressing The Online Drugs Trade

  • Published 10th July 2019

A guide by Leicestershire Police on addressing the online drugs trade, specifically in relation to the expansion of the online world, including the rise of the dark web and social media.

Social Media

Telegram Online Safety Guide

  • Published 3rd July 2019

A guide to Telegrram, a free messaging service which is very similar to WhatsApp.

Mental Health Social Media

Social Media & Mental Health; the positive and negative impacts

  • Published 26th June 2019

A guide to addressing the impact of Social Media on children's mental health.

Technology

A Free Guide to Home Internet Controls For Parents & Carers

  • Published 19th June 2019

A guide to everything parents need to know about internet controls, covering router filtering controls, parental software controls, ISP filtering controls and useful recommendations.

Mental Health

Screen Addiction Guide for Parents

  • Published 12th June 2019

A guide for parents to tackle the serious issue of screen addiction.

Social Media

What parents need to know about YOLO

  • Published 29th May 2019

A guide on YOLO an anonymous question and answer app that works in combination with Snapchat.

Social Media

Snapchat Parent’s Guide

  • Published 29th May 2019

A guide to Snapchat a photo sharing app for mobile phones and tablets.

Gaming

What parents need to know about Call of Duty

  • Published 22nd May 2019

A guide on ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ (COD) an online first-person shooter game, available on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Mental Health Social Media

What trusted adults need to know about Social Media & Mental Health

  • Published 15th May 2019

A guide to the impacts social media has on the mental health of children and young people.

Social Media

What parents need to know about Discord

  • Published 8th May 2019

A guide to the most popular communication tool for gamers, Discord.

Social Media

What parents need to know about Tumblr

  • Published 1st May 2019

A guide to the popular social media platform and microblogging site with over 463 million blogs on its platform, Tumblr.

Technology

What parents need to know about Children’s Devices

  • Published 24th April 2019

A guide on how children can use smart devices safely.

Technology

What parents need to know about Home Devices

  • Published 17th April 2019

A guide to identify some of the ways you can stay alert and protect yourself and your children when using smart home devices.

Social Media

What parents need to know about YouTube

  • Published 10th April 2019

A guide on the popular video streaming service YouTube.

Social Media

What parents need to know about Online Challenges

  • Published 3rd April 2019

A guide for parents on the constantly emerging and evolving trend of Viral Challenges.

Privacy & Security Technology

What parents need to know about VPNs

  • Published 20th March 2019

A guide for parents on Virtual Private Networks (also known as VPNs) a great privacy tool, which can be dangerous for children and can allow them to bypass restrictions you have on web browsing.

Gaming

What parents need to know about Apex Legends

  • Published 13th March 2019

A guide to Apex Legends, a multiplayer battle royale video game which is free to play. In this game, twenty squads consisting of three players each are dropped onto an island from a dropship, where they compete against each other to be the last team standing.

Social Media

Instagram Parent’s Guide

  • Published 27th February 2019

A guide to Instagram, a photo sharing app that allows users to share images and videos with the world.

Social Media

What parents need to know about Houseparty

  • Published 20th February 2019

A guide to Houseparty, a live streaming app described as a face-to-face social network where people ‘drop in’ on each other to video chat, leave messages and hang out in groups.

Online Relationships

What parents need to know about Catfishing

  • Published 13th February 2019

A guide to catfishing, when someone creates a fake online profile to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.

Privacy & Security

What parents need to know about Age Ratings (BBFC & PEGI)

  • Published 6th February 2019

A guide to the two official ways you can assess if a particular title is suitable for your child.

Policy

Helping schools engage parents in Online Safety

  • Published 30th January 2019

A FREE staffroom poster that lists 7 simple strategies to help schools engage parents in online safety.

Gaming

Grand Theft Auto Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 23rd January 2019

A guide to Grand Theft Auto, an action-adventure video game series where players control criminals and wreak havoc in order to complete missions and progress through the game.

Online Reputation

Fake News Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 9th January 2019

A guide to Fake news, which can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform.

Social Media

Twitter Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 19th December 2018

A guide to Twitter a social networking site where users can post ‘tweets’ or short messages, photos and videos publicly.

Social Media

Kik Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 12th December 2018

A guide to Kik a free messaging app used by 300 million people worldwide that lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and webpages via a Wi-Fi connection or data plan.

Social Media

Twitch Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 28th November 2018

A guide to Twitch a gaming-focussed live-streaming service, owned by Amazon, where you can watch others play games live and listen to commentary as they play.

Social Media

LiveMe Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 21st November 2018

A guide to LiveMea streaming video app that lets you watch live streams and broadcast your own live videos to anyone interested.

Mental Health Online Bullying

What children need to know about Online Bullying

  • Published 14th November 2018

A guide to online bullying – also known as cyberbullying – is bullying that takes place ON THE INTERNET or via electronic devices and mobile phones.

Gaming Online Bullying Online Relationships

7 Questions to help you start a conversation with your child about Online Safety

  • Published 7th November 2018

A series of 7 questions that will help you start an initial conversation with your child around online safety.

Online Relationships

Sexting Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 31st October 2018

A guide to the phenomenon of sending and receiving explicit messages, images or videos of a sexual nature, known as sexting.

Privacy & Security

App Store Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 24th October 2018

A guide to the official store for the Apple iOS operating system is known as the ‘App Store’.

Gaming

Roblox Parent’s Guide

  • Published 17th October 2018

A guide to Roblox, a multi-player online gaming platform which allows children to play and create a variety of games in a 3D world.

Online Relationships Privacy & Security

Online Grooming Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 3rd October 2018

A guide to grooming, when someone befriends and builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or exploitation.

Social Media

Reddit Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 26th September 2018

A guide to Reddit, a site that blends the idea of a social network with news, discussion forums and various other media.

Social Media

WhatsApp Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 12th September 2018

A guide to WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with more than 1.5 billion people in more than 180 countries using it to send and receive text, photos, videos and documents, as well as make voice and video calls through an Internet or Wi-Fi connection.

Social Media Technology

Live Streaming Guide for Parents

  • Published 6th June 2018

A guide to live streaming, the term used to describe the broadcast of a real-time video from a mobile device, tablet or games console.

Social Media

Yubo Parent’s Guide

  • Published 2nd May 2018

A guide on Yubo, a location-based social networking app which used to be called Yellow, has been dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ in the media due to its similarities with adult dating app, in which users swipe to find matches.

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