Online Safety Guide

What Parents and Carers Need to Know About Fake News

We’ve all seen an extreme recent example of the possible consequences when fake news is allowed to go unchecked. Whether for political purposes or just for devilment, the phenomenon is continuing to spread into all corners of the internet.

But what forms can fake news take? What is it being used for? How can we spot it? And what can we do about it? As part of our ‘Online Information’ series, this #WakeUpWednesday we’re bringing you our completely genuine guide to fake news.

     

A safety guide on eBay

eBay is the world’s biggest online auction platform: a digital emporium where you can buy practically anything, new or used. Although eBay has made huge strides with protecting buyers in recent years, there are still dangers to be mindful of: particularly when it comes to children using the site. Here’s how to minimise the risks.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as off-site communication, age-inappropriate and illegal items.

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Potential online gaming safety Issues

When children go online, they are exposed to potential online risks such as cyberbullyingmisinformation, or being contacted by strangers. These risks are just as prevalent in the online gaming world, so it is vital you know how to protect your children from them.

Gaming consoles not only allow your children to play games, but they also support other online platforms and apps such as social networks and video/music streaming apps. These can grant your children access to inappropriate content and other risks.

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Most gaming consoles offer some form of parental control that allows you to monitor your children’s online gaming activity and restrict certain actions. In this post, we have brought together everything you need to know to understand the consoles, learn about parental controls, and keep your children safe whilst gaming online.

 

PlayStation 5

Freshly released last month, the PlayStation 5 has flown off the shelves with hopeful gamers turning to online bidding sites and paying extra just to snatch Sony’s latest gaming console release.

Features:

  • Blu-ray and DVD compatible
  • Wireless controllers
  • Create and share content online including:
    • Live streaming
    • Social networking
  • Supports various online apps including:
    • YouTube
    • Netflix
    • Disney+
    • Spotify
    • Apple TV+
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • BT Sport
    • WWE Network

What are the parental controls?

  • Set limits on when and how long your children can play
  • Restrict online purchases and set spending limits
  • Restrict access to network features
  • Restrict access to other apps
  • Filter content by age ratings
  • Restrict communication and block your child from viewing content created by other players

How do I set up the parental controls?

Firstly, you need to create your own PlayStation account. To do this, you will need to present your name, date of birth, email address, preferred language, address, and a password.

Once you have an account:

  1. Sign into your account
  2. Click Family Management
  3. Select the child account for which you wish to set restrictions and click Edit
  4. Adjust each feature individually

You can also alter the parental settings via the console:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Click Family and Parental Controls
  3. Click Family Management
  4. Click Parental Controls
  5. Select the child account for which you wish to set restrictions and click Edit
  6. Adjust each feature individually or adjust the pre-set parental control level

 

Xbox X Series

The brand-new Xbox X Series has already proven so popular that UK retailer, box.co.uk, has had to introduce a ballot system to allow entrants an equal chance of purchasing from the restock this week and next.

Features:

  • Blu-ray and DVD compatible
  • Wireless controllers
  • Compatible with Xbox 1 gaming accessories
  • Higher resolution and faster load times than its predecessors
  • Create and share content online including:
    • Live streaming
    • Social networking
  • Supports various online apps including:
    • Disney+
    • HBO Max
    • Netflix
    • Spotify
    • YouTube
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • Twitch
    • Sky Go
    • Now TV
    • Sky Ticket

What are the parental controls?

  • Manage privacy settings
  • Set screen time limitations
  • Review and respond to friend requests and remove existing friends
  • Monitor online interactions
  • View activity reports
  • Approve and track purchases and set spending limits
  • Filter content by age ratings

How do I set up parental controls?

The Xbox Family Settings app is available from the App Store/Google Play. From here, you will be able to alter, monitor, and review your children’s activity all from your phone. To sign into the Xbox Family Settings app, you will need a Microsoft Account. To create an account, you will need to present an email address, password, name, country/region, and date of birth.