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E Safety - Looking after ourselves online

Computers and mobile phones help us all to share things, talk to our friends and meet new people. Many children play games online. Some games are small and simple, others are large multiplayer games where you can play against hundreds of other people who you might not know. It's important to know how to stay safe online if you do this.

How do I stay safe when playing games online?

  • Don’t use any personal information that might identify you. This could be your full name, home address, phone number or the name of your school.
  • Use a nickname instead of your real name and choose one that will not attract the wrong type of attention.
  • Look out for your friends. Treat your friend’s personal details like you would your own and do not share their details with others.

How do I stay in control when playing games online?

  • Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose. Remember there is nothing wrong with losing.
  • People can get aggressive or nasty when playing online because they want to win. Respect other players and don’t upset anyone in order to get ahead. 
  • Keep an eye out for game ratings. They tell you if the game is unsuitable for younger age groups.
  • Don’t spend all your time gaming. Make sure you still have time for your family and friends, other social activities and homework.
  • If you ever feel yourself becoming irritable or tired, take a break for a while or reduce your gaming time.

We asked the children to recommend some sensible games that they thought other children might enjoy playing. Here is what they came up with:

Colouring games

  • Batman
  • Angry Birds
  • Minecraft
  • Skylander
  • Hot Wheels
  • Hello Kitty

 Childline character, Sid is able to help you remember what to do to keep safe. Have a look at his poster.

Useful Links: This information was taken from Childline, to support children online.

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