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What Parents Need to Know About Social Media Scams

  • Published 15th September 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on social media scams, it takes a look at a number of risks such as phishing scams, untrustworthy URLs and 'payment first' scams.

What Parents Need to Know About Rocket League

  • Published 8th September 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Rocket League. Rocket League is a free-to-play multiplayer vehicle football game. The guide takes a look at a number of risks such as scams, inappropriate online interactions and increased screentime.

What Parents Need to Know About Hoop

  • Published 25th August 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Hoop. Hoop is a social networking app that syncs with Snapchat to help users build their community of friends. The guide takes a look at a number of risks such as grooming, visible location and no age verification system.

What Parents Need to Know About Echo Chambers

  • Published 18th August 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Echo Chambers. The internet is a vast space, home to all manner of differing viewpoints. The guide takes a look at a number of risks such as radicalisation, changes in behaviour and stifled independent thought.

What Parents Need to Know About Deepfakes

  • Published 4th August 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses Deepfakes. A deepfake is an extremely convincing piece of media that is created using artificial intelligence (AI), based on pictures and recordings of the subject. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake news, pornography and fraudulent use.

What Parents Need to Know About Free Speech vs Hate Speech

  • Published 28th July 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Free Speech vs Hate Speech. Everyone has the right of ‘freedom of expression.’ That is the right to voice your opinions and share information and ideas with others. The guide takes a look at a number of tips what explain the difference between free speech and hate speech.

What Parents Need to Know About OnlyFans

  • Published 20th July 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on OnlyFans. OnlyFans is an online platform, created in the UK. It is free to join either as a user or creator, but creators monetise their content by charging subscription fees for users to view it. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as explicit content, online grooming and potential financial costs.

What Parents Need to Know About Valorant

  • Published 14th July 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Valorant. Valorant is one of the hottest first-person shooters on the market. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as addiction, violence and in-game purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok

  • Published 30th June 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on TikTok. TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online predators, the addictive nature of TikTok and age-inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About Sports Betting

  • Published 23rd June 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on sports betting. Sports betting involves staking money on the predicted outcome of sports results. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as underage gambling, addiction and a negative impact on mental health.

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 21

  • Published 9th June 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on FIFA 21. You don't need to be a football fan to have heard of the FIFA series of games (named after the Federation Internationale de Football Association: the worldwide governing body for the sport). The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as addiction, scams and in-game chat.

What Parents Need to Know About TextMe

  • Published 26th May 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on TextMe. TextMe is a free texting and calling service. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as predators, visible location and in-app purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Email Scams

  • Published 19th May 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on email scams. Email scams are when you receive an email from someone purporting to be a genuine person or company, but is actually an online fraudster trying to trick you into disclosing personal information. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as viruses, financial damage and personal safety.

What Parents Need to Know About The Ofcom 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' Report 2020/21

  • Published 5th May 2021

What impact have lockdowns, remote learning and increased screen time had on children’s digital habits? Our #WakeUpWednesday guide has the details.

What Parents Need to Know About Roblox

  • Published 28th April 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Roblox. With more than 150 million users worldwide, Roblox is one of the most popular video games of recent times. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as in-app purchases, online dating and chat functionality

What Parents Need to Know About Snapchat

  • Published 14th April 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Snapchat. Snapchat is a photo- and video-sharing app which also allows users to chat with friends via text or audio. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as sexting, strangers and excessive use.

What Parents Need to Know About Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Published 7th April 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as violent content, pornographic images and addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About Chatroulette

  • Published 31st March 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Chatroulette. In the words of its creator, Chatroulette “pairs random users for webcam-based conversations”. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, hacking and blackmailing scams.

What Parents Need to Know About Rec Room

  • Published 24th March 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Rec Room. Rec Room is a social hangout game, where users meet up with friends to explore and create rooms, each containing a different experience. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online bullying, questionable connections and sexual content.

What Parents Need to Know About WhatsApp

  • Published 10th March 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on WhatsApp. WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging service, with around two billion users exchanging texts, photos, videos and documents, and making voice and video calls. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as stranger danger, live location sharing and disappearing messages.

What Parents Need to Know About Signal

  • Published 3rd March 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Signal. Signal is a multimedia messaging service (previously known as TextSecure) that provides secure chats between users. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as a false sense of security, vulnerability to hackers and disappearing messages.

What Parents Need to Know About Clubhouse

  • Published 24th February 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Clubhouse. Clubhouse is an audio-only social media networking app that is currently available only to Apple users. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, no age verification and insufficient safety protocols.

What Parents Need to Know About Avakin Life

  • Published 17th February 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Avakin Life. Described as a place where teens and adults can make new friends, Avakin Life is a mobile game that has more than 1.4 million daily users. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as in-game chat, adult themes and in-game spending.

What Parents Need to Know About WeChat

  • Published 27th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on WeChat. WeChat is an all-in-one communications app for free text messaging, voice and video calls, photo sharing and games. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, strangers and drug dealing.

What Parents Need to Know About eBay

  • Published 20th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on eBay. eBay is the world’s biggest online auction platform: a digital emporium where you can buy practically anything, new or used. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as off-site communication, age-inappropriate and illegal items.

What Parents Need to Know About Cunch-Line Chronicles

  • Published 15th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Cunch-Line Chronicles. Cunch-Line Chronicles is a 2D side-scrolling mobile game in which players control a criminal running from a police officer, collecting bags of (what are heavily implied to be) drugs while avoiding obstacles. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as addictive gameplay, in-app purchases and questionable themes.

What Parents Need to Know About Fake News

  • Published 13th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on fake news. Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as embarrassment, negative influences on people’s behaviour and negative emotions.

What Parents Need to Know About Cyberpunk 2077

  • Published 6th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG (role-playing game) with multiple storylines. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as extreme violence, adult themes and online multiplayer.

What Parents Need to Know About Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

  • Published 2nd December 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (CoD) is an online first-person shooter. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as graphic violence & language, in-game payments and talking to strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About PlayStation 5

  • Published 24th November 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on PlayStation 5. The PlayStation 5 is the next-generation video game console for Sony. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as spending money, age-inappropriate content and strangers online.

What Parents Need to Know About Xbox Series X|S

  • Published 11th November 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Xbox Series X|S. The Xbox Series X and Series S are the next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age-inappropriate games, online interactions and in-game spending.

What Parents Need to Know About Among Us

  • Published 28th October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Among Us. Among Us is one of the most popular games of 2020. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as hacking, mild violence and inappropriate language.

What Parents Need to Know About League of Legends

  • Published 21st October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on League of Legends. League of Legends, commonly referred to as "LOL", is one of the most popular video games in the world, with millions of monthly players. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as how to monitor gameplay, how to disable in-game spending and how to spot the signs of gaming addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About Tellonym

  • Published 14th October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Tellonym. Tellonym is a messaging network that allows children to send messages to each other anonymously. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as how to help protect your child’s mental health, how to keep personal profiles private and risks of online grooming.

What Parents Need to Know About Persuasive Design

  • Published 7th October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on persuasive design. Social media can be really addictive, and sites want to keep users on their platforms for as long as possible. The guide takes a look at how to tackle potential risks such as online addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About Amazon Alexa

  • Published 30th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Amazon Alexa. Alexa is an artificial intelligence (AI) software assistant created by Amazon in 2014 through which smartphone, tablet and smart device users can issue voice commands and ask questions. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as privacy risks, age-inappropriate content and insecure devices.

What Parents Need to Know About Overwatch

  • Published 23rd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Overwatch. Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company behind the likes of World of Warcraft and StarCraft. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mature content, strangers and the addictive nature.

What Parents Need to Know About The Deep Web & The Dark Web

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the The Deep & The Dark Web. While the deep web and the dark web are not the same thing, they do overlap significantly. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online predators, unmonitored access and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About Video Streaming Apps & Sites

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the Streaming. Streaming is the latest step in a journey that’s taken us all the way from records and cassettes to CDs and DVDs and, more recently, to downloads. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online scams, online addiction and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Hoaxes

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the Online Hoaxes. Online hoaxes are fictional stories circulated online, frequently intended to shape people’s beliefs or opinions. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as spreading disinformation, taking dangerous advice and teaches you how to encourage critical thinking.

What Parents Need to Know About Gaming Streamers & Influencers

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Gaming Streamers & Influencers. Streamers are people who stream themselves gaming, drawing, making things etc. for people to watch on the internet. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, online bullying and online purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Streaming

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Streaming. Streaming is a seamless way of watching or listening to all sorts of content such as TV shows, films, sports highlights and music, over an internet connection in ‘real time’, without having to download a file or store it on your device. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online scams, malware risk and the addictive nature on streaming sites.

What Parents Need to Know About Remote Access & Remote Data Deletion

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Remote Access & Remote Data Deletion. Remote access, as the term suggests, refers to the ability to access a computer, such as a home computer or a machine that’s connected to a school’s network, from a remote location. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyber-scams, hacking and privacy concerns.

What Parents Need to Know About Location Tracking

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Location Tracking. Location tracking has always been a fundamental part of the way mobile phones work, the most basic element of which is the ability to triangulate a device’s position in relation to a mobile network’s radio masts. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as non-consensual monitoring, frequently visited locations and stalking.

What Parents Need to Know About Fitness Trackers

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on fitness trackers. A fitness tracker is a wrist-worn device that can measure your level of physical activity during the day. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as unhealthy obsessions, unrealistic expectations and data leaks.

What Parents Need to Know About Music Streaming Apps & Sites

  • Published 16th September 2020

A free online safety guide on Music Streaming Apps & Sites, which allow people to listen to music on their devices, as well as giving users access to millions of songs and artists from around the world.

What Parents Need to Know About Catfishing

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on catfishing. Catfishing is when someone creates a fake online profile to trick people into thinking they are somebody else. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, fraud and identity theft.

What Parents Need to Know About Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a privacy tool used to hide internet activity from prying eyes. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age-inappropriate content, malware infections and bypassing restrictions.

What Parents Need to Know About Lifestyle Sites

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on lifestyle sites. ‘Lifestyle sites’ is a bit of a catch-all term because, unfortunately, much of the internet is built to take advantage of human psychological weakness. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as body image issues, fake news and psychological tricks.

What Parents Need to Know About Voice Activated Searching

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on voice activated searching. Voice activated search, also known as ‘voice search’ or ‘voice-enabled search’ is a search tool that allows the user to use a voice command to search the internet, a website, or an app. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, data misuse and online purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Gaming Disorder

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on voice gaming disorder. In 2018, the World Health Organisation included gaming disorder as part of its International Classification of Diseases. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental health, gambling problems and stress.

What Parents Need to Know About Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sharing

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing. Peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing is the process of transferring digital content, such as electronic books, music, or video clips from one computer to another. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate content, illegal downloads and malware.

What Parents Need to Know About Screengrabs

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on screengrabs. Phones, tablets, and computers all have a feature that allows you to instantly capture and save still images of the content that’s currently displayed on your screen. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as privacy breaches, fraud and reputational damage.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Content: 10 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe Online

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on online content: 10 tips to keep your children safe online. The internet has transformed the ability to access content. Many apps that children use are dependent on user-generated content which can encourage freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age inappropriate content, privacy issues and mental health.

What Parents Need to Know About Tech Related Communication

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on tech related communication. Language is constantly evolving. The words, phrases and even emojis used on social media have transformed how young people communicate. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as a false sense of security, hidden messages and impacts on your child’s mood.

What Parents Need to Know About Age Ratings

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on age ratings. A game’s age rating can be used by adults to make an informed choice as to whether or not a game is suitable for their child. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate content, peer pressure and online spending.

What Parents Need to Know About Friends & Followers

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on ‘friends & followers’. What makes social media actually ‘social’ are the connections users make with other users on the platforms. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online bullying, catfishing and access to private information.

What Parents Need to Know About Hacking

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on hacking. Hacking is the unauthorised attempt to exploit a computer system or network. There are different types of hackers who are usually categorised under ‘hats’. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as theft of personal data, inappropriate content and breaking the law.

What Parents Need to Know About Search Engines

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on search engine. A search engine is something that helps you find what you’re looking for on the internet. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as bypassing SafeSearch, inappropriate content and misleading information.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Avatars

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on online avatars. Online avatars are digital characters that look like you. They are a form of self-representation without using an actual picture. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as grooming, catfishing and trolling.

What Parents Need to Know About Games Consoles

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on games consoles. Much like a television allows you to watch movies or a radio allows you to listen to music, a game console allows you to play video games. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as the addictive nature of games consoles, inappropriate online content and online chat.

What Parents Need to Know About Torrent Sites

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on torrent sites. A torrent site is a website on the internet where visitors can upload, share, and download files. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as legal issues, hackers and malware.

What Parents Need to Know About Trolling & Online Abuse

  • Published 9th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on trolling and online abuse. Trolling is a form of cyberaggression. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as a bad mental wellbeing, damaged reputation and age-inappropriate language.

What Parents Need to Know About Triller

  • Published 2nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Triller. Triller is a social media video sharing app. Unlike TikTok and many other video sharing apps, Triller focuses more on making creative music videos. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mature content, cyberbullying and unauthorised sharing of your child’s video.

What Parents Need to Know About Xbox One

  • Published 26th August 2020

A free online safety guide on the Xbox One. The Xbox One is among the most popular video game consoles on the planet. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content and screen addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About Instagram

  • Published 19th August 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Instagram. Instagram is a hugely popular social networking app with over 1 billion users worldwide. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as exposing your child’s location, in-app purchases and poor mental wellbeing.

What Parents Need to Know About Phishing

  • Published 12th August 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on phishing. Phishing is a form of cyber-attack where victims are targeted in the form of spoof emails, phone calls or texts. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as loss of personal data, hackers and targeted phishing.

What Parents Need to Know About Webcams

  • Published 5th August 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on webcams. Most commonly found embedded in laptop screens and smartphones, webcams are tiny video/still cameras designed to let you participate in video calls on services such as Skype and Zoom. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as hackers, malware and access to strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Loot Boxes & Skin Betting

  • Published 29th July 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on loot boxes & skin betting. Some video games offer “loot boxes”, similar to purchasing a pack of Panini football stickers, players don’t know what they will get in a loot box. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as gambling, unregulated third-party communities and in-app purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Call of Duty: Warzone

  • Published 22nd July 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Call of Duty: Warzone. Call of Duty: Warzone is the latest and possibly biggest battle royale game on the market, following in the footsteps of titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as gaming addiction, adult themes & violence and in-game purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Sexting

  • Published 15th July 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on sexting. Sexting involved sending, receiving or forwarding explicit messages, images, or video of a sexual nature. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online blackmail, bullying and breaking the law.

What Parents Need to Know About Oculus Quest

  • Published 8th July 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest is the latest virtual reality experience on the market. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as seizures and motion sickness, physical injuries and overuse concerns.

What Parents Need to Know About Protecting Personal Data

  • Published 1st July 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on protecting personal data. Personal data is a strange commodity. Cyber thieves can buy huge quantities of personal data on the black market for very little, yet your own personal data is hugely valuable to you. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as sharing sensitive information, phishing attacks and social media visibility.

What Parents Need to Know About Microsoft Teams

  • Published 10th June 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams, or simply ‘Teams’, is a platform that allows for collaborative working, either as students or as professionals, using communication capabilities through audio, video and instant messaging. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as hackers, viruses and cyberbullying.

What Parents Need to Know About Facebook Messenger

  • Published 27th May 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger is a communication and chat application which is part of the wider Facebook platform and has been a standalone app on mobile devices since 2011. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyberbullying, screen addiction and secret conversations.

What Parents Need to Know About PlayStation 4

  • Published 13th May 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on PlayStation 4. Sony’s video game console is often touted as being one of the best-selling of all time, with over 100 million units shifted worldwide. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as screen addiction, online bullying and adult content.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Grooming

  • Published 6th May 2020

A free guide to help parents and carers protect their children from the increased risk of online grooming as children spend more time online, including identification and available support.

What Parents Need to Know About Google Stadia

  • Published 29th April 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Google Stadia. Google Stadia marks the tech giant’s first proper foray into the world of video games. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as in-app purchases, hackers and online chat.

What Parents Need to Know About Netflix

  • Published 22nd April 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Netflix. Launched in 1997, Netfl¬ix is now one of the world’s leading online streaming services, providing users with unlimited access to a huge selection of TV shows and films. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as screen addiction, inappropriate content and hackers.

What Parents Need to Know About Disney+

  • Published 17th April 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Disney+. Disney+ is the latest big player in the TV streaming market. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as hackers, age-inappropriate content and outdated cultural depictions.

What Parents Need to Know About Zoom

  • Published 8th April 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Zoom. Founded in 2011, Zoom is one the world’s leading video conferencing software providers. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as ‘Zoom Bombing’, phishing and privacy concerns.

What parents need to know about Houseparty

  • Published 25th March 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Houseparty. Houseparty is 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. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as strangers joining your child’s call, cyberbullying and in-app purchases.

What Parents Need to Know About Omegle

  • Published 11th March 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Omegle. Omegle is a website that pairs random strangers for live text or video chats. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as pornographic content, cyberbullying and the chats being unmoderated.

What Parents Need to Know About Steam

  • Published 4th March 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Steam. Steam is the largest video game digital distribution platform on the planet by quite some distance. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate content, phishing and strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Hidden Photo Apps

  • Published 26th February 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on hidden photo apps. The latest digital trend growing in popularity for our children are apps on their phone or tablet that look like one thing but are secretly hiding another purpose. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as ‘sexting’, privacy risks and encouraging impulsive behaviour.

What Parents Need to Know About Facebook

  • Published 29th January 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook. Facebook is an online social media platform that has over 2 billion users across the globe. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as the addictive nature of Facebook, cyberbullying and the impact social media can have on your child’s future.

What Parents Need to Know About Minecraft

  • Published 15th January 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Minecraft. There’s a very good chance you’ve heard of Minecraft. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as the addictive nature of Minecraft, griefing and contact with strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 20

  • Published 6th November 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on FIFA 20. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as gaming disorder, overspending and scams.

What Parents Need to Know About Sadfishing

  • Published 23rd October 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Sadfishing. ‘Sadfishing’ is described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as oversharing, cyberbullying and online grooming.

What Parents Need to Know About Fortnite Chapter 2

  • Published 16th October 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Fortnite Chapter 2. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as gaming addiction, gaming with strangers and overspending.

What Parents Need to Know About YouTube Kids

  • Published 25th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube Kids. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as targeted advertising, viewing time and inappropriate videos.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Pressures Linked to ‘Appearance’

  • Published 18th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Appearance'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as filters, airbrushing and self-esteem.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Pressures Linked to ‘Social Media Influencers’

  • Published 11th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Social Media Influencers'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as body image, bad habits and unrealistic role models.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’

  • Published 4th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Friends and Followers.' The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake friends, friend envy and being followed by strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Pressures Linked To ‘Likes’

  • Published 28th August 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Likes'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as self-esteem damage, addiction and competitiveness.

What Parents Need to Know About Fortnite Battle Royale

  • Published 21st August 2019

This week's free online safety focuses on Fortnite Battle Royale. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as gaming addiction, gaming with strangers and overspending.

What Parents Need to Know about Policing vs Parenting: Get to Grips with Gaming

  • Published 13th August 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the best ways to guide children towards gaming health. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as screen time, violence and interaction with strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Virtual Reality

  • Published 7th August 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on VR (Virtual Reality). VR (Virtual Reality) is the practice of creating computer generated images or sometimes even entire worlds for a user to experience as if they were there. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as screen time, medical risks and safety implications.

What Parents Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch

  • Published 31st July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is a popular hybrid video game console. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as indecent images, overspending and inappropriate language.

What Parents Need to Know About FaceApp

  • Published 24th July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on FaceApp. FaceApp, an app by Wireless Lab which uses uploaded images of someone’s face, and allows them to add a variety of filters making themselves look older, younger, appear with different hair colour and so on. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online crime, access and copycat apps.

What Parents Need to Know About Managing What your Children Watch on TV

  • Published 17th July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on managing what your children watch on Television. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as unrated content, inappropriate content and screen time.

What Parents Need to Know About Telegram

  • Published 3rd July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Telegram. Telegram is a free messaging service which is very similar to WhatsApp. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as secret chats, hacking and access to illegal content.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Media & Mental Health; The Positive and Negative Impacts

  • Published 26th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health; The Positive and Negative Impacts. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, addiction and cyberbullying.

What Parents Need to Know About Home Internet Controls

  • Published 19th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Home Internet Controls. Home Internet Controls cover router filtering controls, parental software controls, ISP filtering controls and useful recommendations. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as privacy & security, unrestricted access and harmful content.

What Parents Need to Know About Screen Addiction

  • Published 12th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Screen Addiction. The guide looks at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as health & wellbeing, app addiction and a lack of sleep.

What Parents Need to Know About Likee

  • Published 5th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on LIKEE. LIKEE is a popular video creation and editing app. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About YOLO

  • Published 29th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YOLO. YOLO is an anonymous question and answer app that works in combination with Snapchat. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as anonymity, cyberbullying and age verification.

What Parents Need to Know About Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • Published 22nd May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' (COD). ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ (COD) is an online first-person shooter game, available on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as graphic violence, cyberbullying and overspending.

What Parents Need to Know About Social Media & Mental Health

  • Published 15th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health and the impacts social media has on the mental health of children and young people. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, anxiety and modern pressures.

What Parents Need to Know About Discord

  • Published 8th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Discord. Discord is the most popular communication tool for gamers. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate content, sexual imagery and cyberbullying.

What Parents Need to Know About Tumblr

  • Published 1st May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Tumblr. Tumblr is a popular social media platform and microblogging site with over 463 million blogs on its platform. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, oversharing and fake news.

What Parents Need to Know About Children's Devices

  • Published 24th April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Children's devices. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as location settings, fake profiles and screen addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About YouTube

  • Published 10th April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube. YouTube is a popular video streaming service. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content and privacy.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Challenges

  • Published 3rd April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Online Challenges. Online Challenges are a constantly emerging and evolving trend. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, physical harm and injury.

What Parents Need to Know About Apex Legends

  • Published 13th March 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Apex Legends. Apex Legends is 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. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as communication with strangers, violence and overspending.

What Parents Need to Know About Age Ratings (BBFC & PEGI)

  • Published 6th February 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Age ratings (BBFC & PEGI). Age Ratings (BBFC & PEGI) are the two official ways (BBFC & PEGI) you can assess if a particular title is suitable for your child. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as violence, sexual content and swearing.

What Parents Need to Know About Grand Theft Auto

  • Published 23rd January 2019

This week's free online safety focuses on Grand Theft Auto. Grand Theft Auto is an action-adventure video game series where players control criminals and wreak havoc in order to complete missions and progress through the game. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as violent content, profane language and playing with strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Fake News

  • Published 9th January 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Fake news. Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyberbullying, dissemination of truth and confusion.

What Parents Need to Know About Twitter

  • Published 19th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site where users can post ‘tweets’ or short messages, photos and videos publicly. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as trolls, fake news and propaganda.

What Parents Need to Know About Kik

  • Published 12th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Kik. Kik is 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. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, sexting and fake profiles.

What Parents Need to Know About Twitch

  • Published 28th November 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Twitch. Twitch is a gaming-focussed live-streaming service, owned by Amazon, where you can watch others play games live and listen to commentary as they play. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as violent games, unwanted contact and adult content.

What Parents Need to Know About LiveMe

  • Published 21st November 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on LiveMe. LiveMe is a streaming video app that lets you watch live streams and broadcast your own live videos to anyone interested. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and privacy & security.

What Parents Need to Know About the App Store

  • Published 24th October 2018

This week's free online safety focuses on the App Store. The App Store is the official store for the Apple iOS operating system. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate apps, overspending and fake reviews.

What Parents Need to Know About Reddit

  • Published 26th September 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Reddit. Reddit is a site that blends the idea of a social network with news, discussion forums and various other media. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake news, trolling and talking with strangers.

What Parents Need to Know About Live Streaming

  • Published 6th June 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on live streaming. Live streaming is the term used to describe the broadcast of a real-time video from a mobile device, tablet or games console. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, privacy & security and online reputation.

What Parents Need to Know About Yubo

  • Published 2nd May 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Yubo. Yubo is a location-based social networking app which used to be called 'Yellow', and has been dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ in the media due to its similarities with adult dating app, in which users swipe to find matches. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, privacy & security and bullying .

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