It's a Puzzle
Discuss these things as you play the game together...
Talk about safety
- Email addresses should not reveal gender.
- They should not contain a person’s full name or information that could identify the person and they should be appropriate. For example, “wildgirl_12” or “scoutboy.john” would not be considered safe email addresses.
- Online profiles may include an “avatar” (a digital representation, character or cartoon) or a photo of the person. Photos should be appropriate, safe and not reveal any personal information e.g. avoid school or sporting club logos on clothing, no street signs or school signs.
- Never include you age on their profile: young people often present themselves as older online than they really are, this can lead to unwanted attention from older people.
- Never display date of birth in a public profile. This specific information can be used by cyber criminals in future identity theft.
- Never display phone numbers and addresses. Profiles need to be set on the highest privacy settings - make it harder for people you do not know to access your information.
- Passwords are private. Never share these with friends or strangers
- Passwords need to be secure. If they contain a mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers they will be more secure.
Talk about respect
- Always respect people’s privacy by asking permission before sending photographs of them to others online, or tagging them in a photograph online.
- Respect other people’s feelings and reputation when online.
- Respond to unwanted attention or bullying online by blocking the sender, recording the offending message, reporting to a trusted adult.
Complete the Cybersafety Pledge Activity together helping children to write down things they will do take to stay safe online.
You could complete your own Cyberpledge, thinking about setting yourself targets for your own online activities. By doing this you’ll be reinforing the importance of setting limits and trying to ensure a healthy balance of time spent online and offline. This can be a challenge. Being open and honest about how our reliance on technology makes us feel can open up valuable conversations with our children.
The NSPCC website has lots of useful, up-to-date guidance on how to help you children stay safe online, covering:
- Online games
- Online video apps and parental controls
In addition, Netaware has guidance dedicated to safe use of social media networks, apps and games.