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Online Safety


WhatsApp is the largest global social messaging platform, with over 1.5 billion users per month, and Net Aware have created a free guide for parents & carers which covers what parents & carers need to know about the platform to help safeguard children from potential online risks including; the new age limit (16+), scam messages, connecting with strangers, location sharing and more.

Please click on the link for free WhatsApp guide for parents & carers: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/whatsapp/


Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo, short video or message to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10 seconds before disappearing, or there is an option to have no time limit. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.

Minimum age according to Snapchat: 13+

NetAware have created a free guide for parents & carers which covers what parents & carers need to know about the platform to help safeguard children from potential online risks.

Please click on the link for free Snapchat guide for parents & carer: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/

Online Gaming

Gaming is extremely popular with children.  When playing online children have the opportunity to relax, socialise with their friends and have fun.   Children can play on games consoles, apps or websites, and chat to other players or watch them play through live-streaming.  However there are some dangers to online gaming.   And with so many games and apps available online, it can be hard for parents/carers to know how to keep their child safe.

What are the risks of online games?

  • Children may view inappropriate or upsetting content if they play games that aren’t suitable for their age. This could include sexual or violent material. It might be in-game content or produced by other players.
  • Some players can be abusive towards others or try to exclude them from the game. Some players may also hack another user’s account or try to steal and destroy their virtual possessions. This can be as upsetting for a young person as if it happened in real life.
  • Children may play with adults they don’t know. People of all ages play games. Some adults may exploit this and try to build an emotional connection with a child for the purpose of grooming.
  • Some children may find it hard to stop playing games or find that gaming is getting the way of them doing other activities.

The NSPCC has some useful information on helping children to stay safe online: 


Pokemon Go is a popular online game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters).  There have been concerns raised by the NSPCC regarding the safety of children playing this game. Pokemon Go merges the real world and the virtual world.  The game requires the player to travel to find the Pokemon and then swap characters with other players to create the best team. 
The NSPCC have created a useful guide for parents/carers of children who are actively playing Pokemon Go on phones or other devices.

Pokémon Go: A Parent’s Guide: Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go


Netflix is arguably the most widely used and best known video-on-demand (VoD) streaming service in the world. It’s extensive library of films and TV shows can offer endless hours of entertainment and, in the current climate, it’s a great way to kill some time whilst keeping safe at home, providing both child friendly and more adult-themed programming.

What parents need to know about Netflix

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