Please find below links to online sites and documents that we hope you will find useful in helping keep your child safe online.
Popular Apps That Children May Ask To Use
There is a specific version of YouTube that is stated to be designed for children to use. Parental controls should still be put in place. Please click on the link below for more details.
PEGI Age Rating Guide
The European age-rating system for games and apps, is called PEGI (Pan European Game Information). You will find PEGI labels on the front and back of a game's packaging. The age-rating refers not to how difficult the game is but to the suitability of the games content in 8 key areas – violence, bad language, fear, in-game purchases, sex, gambling, drugs and discrimination. Games rated 18+ years for example, may contain strong language and violence unsuitable for young chilldren.
It can be difficult to decide which game, apps and sites you allow your child to use, so we’re pleased to let you know that the PEGI Ratings App, available for Android and Apple, allows parents to check a video game or app's suitability. You can download the app by searching for PEGI Ratings on the Play Store or App Store. You can also find more information on the PEGI website.
Lucy Faithfull Organisation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has produced a booklet, 'What's The Problem?', that covers some of the issues parents may struggle with when dealing with children and young people who may have been exposed to inappropriate or illegal online behaviour. It explains what the issues are and gives straightforward advice, signposting to other websites and also directing parents to various helplines. The final part of the booklet helps parents complete a 'family safety plan' looking at staying safe as a family. This booklet has been recommended by Lincolnshire County Council. To download the booklet, please click below.