A great app with games both parents and children can play at the same time (split screen) can be downloaded using your app store. This game has been created by InternetMatters.org – the website we believe in.
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Courtesy of the NSPCC and 02, here are a few age related tips to help you get started:
5 – 7 year olds – ‘Proper’ social networks will still be off-limits, but social games such as Disney’s Club Penguin are a great way for your kids to dip a toe in the water, with a bit of parental supervision. Just keep an eye on in-app purchases, set clear boundaries for use and start talking about staying safe and what to do if they have a concern.
8 – 11 year olds – Social networks will start to come onto the radar, but try to resist for now. Facebook doesn’t allow users younger than 13 (due to advertising laws in the USA) to join. You may also be thinking about your child’s first phone or tablet. Consider using app store gift cards to limit how much they spend on downloads.
12-15 year olds – Children are legally allowed to use most social networks at 13. Discuss what’s safe to share, and help set up their account. They may let you follow or friend them, but they’ll also want some independence, so talk regularly about what they’re doing online and who they’re chatting to so they know they can come to you if something goes wrong.
16+ year olds – Your teenager will no doubt be a social networking pro by now and may well be experimenting with meeting new people online. Respect their space, as you would in real life, and resist temptation to snoop. Instead chat openly about what they’re up to – this way, you can check they’re sharing information wisely.
Children complete a progressive scheme of work, with one lesson per term, to learn about how to stay safe, secure and responsible in an online world. For more information, see our overview (pdf) below: