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10 August 2020

Parents vs Kids: Online safety summer fun

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Do you know your TikTok from your Snapchat? Your Twitter from your Twitch? What ‘ghosting’, ‘salty’ or ‘BRB’ mean? Challenge your child to our Parents vs Kids quiz to see who knows more about life online.

If you’re looking for a fun activity during the summer holidays, why not get the family together and play our O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids quiz to find out who knows more about the online world, as well as giving your child tips on how to stay safe? It’s a great way to start the conversation with your child about online safety.

You can play on an Amazon Echo, or on your mobile, desktop or tablet.

And there are plenty of questions, so if you can always challenge your kids to a rematch!

More tips to help keep your kids safe over summer

Explore apps and games together

 

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online. You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing. You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

 

And if you have a question about an app, site or game, or maybe you’re back to work and want to make to make sure your happy with parental controls, you can get free support from one of our O2 Gurus. Simply call the O2 NSPCC Advice Line on 0808 800 5002 or book an appointment in store.

Start (or revisit) your family agreement

 

We’ve created an family agreement template to help you decide with your child what’s ok to do online and what you should look out for.

 

The summer holidays are a great time to discuss your family rules for going online and write them down. Once you’re both happy, why not stick the agreement in a family room as a reminder?

 

And if you’ve already created a family agreement in the past, now is a great time to revisit it and see if it’s still working for you!

 

Talk to your child about Childline

 

Being online is great place for kids to play, create, learn and connect but it can also bring about pressures or worries.

 

Childline has loads of useful information on their website which you might want to encourage your child to explore, including:

 

 

Make sure your child knows they can come to you, another trusted adult of Childline counsellor if they feel worried about anything they see online.

 

And you can explore our tips on how to support your child’s wellbeing online.

Take online safety offline

 

We’ve created some fun activity sheets to make it easier for you to start a conversation around online safety. Get creative with one of our colouring in sheets or use our word search as a prompt to chat about the latest apps and games.

 

You can now download these resources in nine different languages.