It’s Safer Internet Tuesday today the 11th of February and it’s a day that really highlights the importance of keeping our children safe while using the internet. It’s something that most of our parents didn’t have to worry about when we were growing up but a recent survey by eSafety has found that 54% of parents do not feel confident in dealing with online threats”
eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant says “Parents, carers, educators, and the general public are increasingly concerned about the online safety of children — including very young children — but feel unsure about how to tackle these important issues head on.”
The commissioner has also shared some great tips for helping to keep your kids safe online.
● Check apps or games are age-appropriate
● Check for chat and live video functions – turn these off or switch to friends-only.
● Make sure your child is using devices in common areas of the home like the kitchen
or lounge room.
● Use parental controls to help manage your child’s online activities.
● Be actively engaged – co-view and co-play, ask questions and let them know you
are there to support them if they feel uncomfortable or upset.
● Be sure your children are using best-practice apps such as LEGO Life which are
designed with safety in mind.
More info can be found at esafety.gov.au.
So we've been seeking out a few apps that are safe and fun to use.
This one we've found to be perfect for your child's smart device.
The LEGO Life App is a safe social network for kids that inspires them to build and share stories. Much like how traditional LEGO has taught us all about story telling and building as we grew up.
So what makes the app safe? There’s a new Verified Parental Control” feature that requires kids to ask their parents or guardians to verify their account by entering credit card details. Now the app is completely free to download and use, the card details just ensure that the person verifying the account is over the age of 18 and is a strategy to further safeguard play.
Kids can also customise their newsfeed by following groups to get updates from their
favorite characters and themes, plus interesting builds, images and challenges.
‘Friendling’ - Kids can safely ‘friend’ each other due to the minifigure avatar and app-
generated username features that make sure that no personal information is shared.
On top of that Parents can also approve who their children friend.
There is also the ability to upload and share LEGO creations with friends and special moderators are in place to ensure everyone is sharing with care.
Kids can also like and comment on other posts using LEGO emoticons instead of words and there are heaps of rewards and badges that are generated to encourage kids to be creative.
Be safe on this Safer Internet Tuesday, and remember to be active in your child's exploration of gaming and technology.