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Current alerts

Here we will endeavor to post any current alerts regarding online safety which have been raised within the news, you can also check this website: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

September 2018

New term, new devices?

It’s back to school and many young people will be receiving or upgrading to new phones, tablets and games consoles. Whatever device your child has, we have lots of advice and tools to help you make sure it’s safe for them to use!

Talking to your children is one of the most important things you can do to help keep them safe online. You can find some of our conversation starters here, and information on further support below.

Call our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Advice Line

For any information or questions about apps, sites, games, or about online safety in general, call us on 0808 800 5002.

We’re open Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm.

Visit an O2 Guru in store

Our O2 online safety Gurus are NSPCC trained advisors based in O2 stores. They can help you to set up devices so they are safe for children to use, including setting up parental controls. The service is totally free and you don’t have to be an O2 customer to use it! Book your appointment with an O2 Guru today.

Parental Controls

Setting up parental controls is an easy way to help keep your child safe on a new device. They can:

  • Block upsetting or inappropriate content
  • Limit in-app purchases
  • Manage which apps children are allowed to download

You can set up parental controls on individual devices and on your home WiFi, depending on your provider. 

We would also recommend turning on privacy settings and making sure location sharing is ‘off’ on each device and app that your child uses.

 

August 2018

Flipagram has changed to Vigo Video

Flipagram has changed to Vigo Video. Vigo Video is a video maker that lets you make 15 second clips from the photos and videos on your phone. You can edit them, add filters and share your creation with others.

What do I need to know about Vigo Video?

 

  • You must be 16+ years old to use Vigo Video, and have parental consent if you are under the age of 18.
  • There is not a single body that determines the age rating of an app, site or game. Stores may rate sites differently such as the App Store (which rates Vigo Video 12+) and Google Play Store. In addition, the platform itself may also give their app a different age rating. You can find out more about age ratings on our news page here.
  • There are no identity checks to verify age on this site.
  • Certain inappropriate words cannot be searched.
  • You can message and receive messages on videos from anyone, unless you change your privacy settings.

 

Creating an account

 

  • Users can create an account by logging in via; Facebook, Twitter, Google or a mobile number
  • Users are asked to come up with a username and add a photo. Both of these are optional and if left blank, the server will create a generic username for you.
  • You can access the site without creating an account and search for content using hashtags and user names. 
  • You must have an account to: follow a user; comment on people's videos; upload and create content; report and block content. 

 

Privacy settings

 

  • By default, all privacy settings are switched off. This means that users profiles will be public and they will have to go into their privacy settings to ensure their account is not public to all users. 
  • Users can choose to have a profile picture, gender and information about themselves in an open text box.
  • There is a ‘You may not’ section in the Terms of Service, which includes a list of behaviours that are not allowed on the site.  
  • Privacy settings can be changed so that only the users you follow, or those who follow you can comment on your videos.

 

Location settings

 

  • ‘Hide location’ is automatically switched off in privacy settings, so users will need to activate it in order to protect your location. 
  • There is a ‘Nearby’ section that brings up local users.
  • Users are prompted to confirm that they are happy for their location to be shared in the app when entering the ‘Nearby’ section.

 

Reporting 

 

  • To report a user: Select a user, on their profile select the sharing icon in the top right of the page, click ‘report’ and select your reason for reporting
  • To report a video: Select the video you want to report, click the three dots on the top right, click ‘report’ and select reason for reporting the video.
  • When you submit a report, there is no message about what the next steps are.

 

Blocking

 

  • To block a user: click on their username, select the sharing icon at the top right of the page and select block.
  • Users will be prompted with a message confirming they want to block the user and are happy for their videos to not be recommended to them anymore. 

 

Here’s what you can do to help keep children safe online:

 

  • Sign up to our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Newsletter, to receive current news stories on the latest sites, apps, games and our  any online safety work straight to your inbox. 
  • If you’d like advice and support about keeping your children safe online, call our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002. 
  • Alternatively, you can make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 Guru in store - you don’t even have to be an O2 customer. O2 Gurus can help you set up parental controls, such as privacy settings, on any device.

July 2018

School’s out – but what apps, sites and games are in?

Summer holidays can be the perfect time to relax, sunbathe and spend time with family. However, for many of us, we’ll turn to our phones and devices for entertainment or distraction. This is especially true for children and young people, who may spend more time online over the holidays.

Follow our Share Aware TEAM tips

  • Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let your child know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. Sign up to our icebreaker email series and get top tips for great conversations sent straight to your inbox.
  • Explore sites and apps together with your child. Understand why they like using them and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe, including what personal information they should not share online. Learn more about the most popular apps on Net Aware.
  • Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games. This will help your children to understand what is okay and what is not okay when they’re online. You can use our Family Online Agreement template to help you get started.
  • Manage your technology by using parental controls to block upsetting or inappropriate content. If you need help with privacy settings or parental controls, you can pop into an O2 Store and speak to a Guru who’ll be happy to help. You can make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 Guru in one of 450 stores – you don’t have to be an O2 customer.  

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Any further questions? Call our free Online Safety Helpline

Our O2 NSPCC Helpline advisors can answer any questions about apps, sites or games, or online safety in general. You can call them for free on 0808 800 5002.

May 2018

Fortnite: all you need to know

The multiplayer action survival game, Fortnite: Battle Royale, has received a lot of media coverage recently due to growing popularity amongst children – and also emerging safety concerns. We’ve pulled together some information about the game and how to keep your children safe while playing it.

Players can currently play Fortnite: Battle Royale on a PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation or download it from the App Store. Use of the game has grown rapidly amongst children and young people since the launch of the mobile game in March 2018. As of 2nd May, the app version is only available on iOS but an Android release is expected shortly. The game involves 100 players fighting each other in real time to be the final survivor. 

What features and risks are there on Fortnite?

Fortnite: Battle Royale has several features that can be fun, but there are also risks. These include:

 

  • Players can add friends in the mobile game if they have an account with Epic, the game’s developer. Friends can be added by username in the game’s main menu.
  • There is a chat feature in the game that allows users to contact each other using voice or text. You can disable voice chat in the game by selecting the 3 lines in the top right of the screen, select the settings icon, choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the screen and go to the ‘Voice Chat’ option, where you can select ‘Off’. 
  • There is cartoon violence in the game. You can use a variety of weapons to kill other players, such as guns and axes. 
  • There are in-app purchases, which can become expensive. 
  • Players can be reported to the Player Support team if you are concerned about activity or behaviour.

Age ratings

Here are the recommended age ratings for the game:

 

  • Epic Games: Fortnite Battle Royale says it does not direct the game to children under the age of 13 in the UK. 
  • The PEGI rating for this game is 12 years old. However, PEGI does not take chat features into consideration when rating games. You can find out more about age ratings here.
  • The App Store says that users must be 12+ to play. 

Follow our TEAM tips to help keep your child safe online when playing online games:

 

  • Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. You can use our conversation starters to support you when starting these conversations. 
  • Explore your child’s online activities with your child. Understand why they like using them and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.
  • Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games. You can use our Family Agreement template to help you get started.
  • Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe.

If you’d like advice and support about keeping your children safe online, call our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002. 

Alternatively, you can make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 Guru in store - you don’t even have to be an O2 customer. O2 Gurus can help you set up parental controls, such as privacy settings, on any device.

Finally, you can visit our online games page to find out more about the risks of online gaming, and how to keep your child safe.