We all need to be aware of how being online can affect us and look after our digital well-being. Childnet have further information about what digital well-being is as well as how you can support your child’s digital well-being tailored to their age:
Social Media Top Tips
Internet Matters have produced the following document which includes their top tips for parents in guiding your child to be safe whilst using social media.
Does your child watch Netflix? You can add a PIN to your account so a 4-digit PIN must be entered to either play any TV show or movie above a selected maturity level (on all profiles) or to play a specific TV series or movie (on all profiles).
Alternatively, you can create up to 5 personalised profiles in your Netflix account for each member of the household. You can then choose a maturity level for each profile to control the TV shows and movies they can view.
For younger children, you could create a child profile which only includes content appropriate for children.
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Nintendo Switch offers lots of fun and age appropriate games to play and by setting up appropriate controls, it can offer a safe and fun environment to play games.
What is Nintendo Switch Online?
This is a paid service that allows the user to play online by linking to other Switch consoles. Nintendo’s guidance states ‘this service should not be used by account users who are under 13 years old’. Due to its online nature, children could be playing games with people they don’t know which has risks such as being exposed to inappropriate language. If you do choose to purchase this service for your child then set up the appropriate controls detailed below.
Parental Controls App
There is a Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app available which is free to download to your phone (or other smart device) which you can then link to your child’s Nintendo Switch in order to monitor what they are playing. You can also set some restrictions on the Nintendo Switch. You can use the app to:
• see what video games your child has been playing
• how long your child has been playing for and set time limits
• set which games can be played based on their PEGI age rating
• turn off voice chat
• restrict spending in the Nintendo eShop
For further information and guidance, visit the following links: