04 Mar Online Safety
Your child’s online life
There is so much that we can do online nowadays including playing games, chatting with others, watching TV or sharing our videos/photographers. Being online can be great but it’s important that we set boundaries for our children to keep them safe whilst they explore being online, develop their digital resilience and understanding of what to do if anything negative happens when online.
So how can we help keep our children safe? We can start by checking age restrictions/ratings.
It’s important that we follow these to ensure that what our children are doing or seeing online is appropriate for their age.
Where can I find age ratings?
- Films: The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rate films. This page includes a link to a ‘Parent’s Guide to Age Ratings’: https://www.cbbfc.co.uk/resources/viewings-films-safely-online
- Video games: PEGI provides age classifications for video games. PEGI considers the age suitability of a games, not the level of difficulty. It is important to note that PEGI do not take into consideration user generated content within games (such as on Roblox) and the chat facilities within games.
- Apps: Check the individual age ratings within the relevant app store. We also recommend that you download any apps and play them yourself to check their suitability
- Social media networks: All social media networks have a minimum age rating; they are all at least 13+.