Online Safety

What parents need to know about esports

Average salaries for elite esports players tend to be around $50,000 USD (circa £40,000), with similar-sized prize pots for actually winning a tournament – plus the potential for money-spinning partnerships with the likes of Red Bull, Coca-Cola and BMW (all among esports’ major sponsors). Little wonder that many young people believe the route to esports …

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What parents need to know about virtual reality

Virtual reality has been around, in various rudimentary forms, since the late 1970s. After a prolonged gestation period, however, the technology’s march to the mainstream has begun to gather momentum in recent years. The UK government, for example, is predicting a meteoric 78% rise in spending on VR and its stable-mate AR (augmented reality) by …

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What parents need to know about cross-platform sharing of inappropriate content

Anyone can post anything online. It’s simultaneously one of the internet’s most joyous qualities and one of its greatest perils. For every upload that’s heart-warming, helpful or just plain hilarious, you’ll find – unfortunately – an equal amount of content that is shocking, frightening or upsetting … particularly to young eyes and ears. Some of this material is …

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What parents need to know about Discord

Launched in 2015, Discord has steadily emerged as a major player in the online communication marketplace – certainly as far as gamers are concerned. Indeed, with the ability to coordinate gameplay and talk tactics with multiple fellow players in real time, it has also become the collaborative platform of choice for many professional e-sports competitors. …

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Online Safety for Under 5s: 10 Top Tips for Parents and Carers

While not directly relevant to our students, many have younger siblings and cousins. For today’s pre-schoolers, digital devices are as much a part of their everyday entertainment as Lego and colouring books were for previous generations. With many parents and carers having justified concerns, however, over problems like exposure to inappropriate content and picking up …

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Loneliness online: what causes it and ways to feel better

Whether it’s their family, friends or teachers, children are almost always surrounded by people – so the possibility of them feeling lonely doesn’t naturally occur to us. It came as a troubling surprise, then, when the UK’s Office for National Statistics collected data showing that more than one out of ten 10–15-year-olds frequently feels lonely. …

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What parents need to know about group chats

Many people prefer group chats to wider social networking platforms, which involve a relentless stream of updates from our contacts – regardless of whether we actually want to know what they’ve been up to. By contrast, group chats offer us greater control over who we communicate with, and more privacy while we’re doing it. That doesn’t …

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