WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM BEING BULLIED ON ONLINE GAMES?
Online gaming is video games that are played on your computer, PlayStation, XBOX, Smartphone and any other electronic devices.
TOP TIPS FOR DEALING WITH THE ISSUE...
- Avoid people you don’t know online – Only chat with people online that you know offline. If you do talk to someone that you don’t know offline and they’re making you feel uncomfortable or asking you to do things you don’t want to do, it’s important to speak to your parents or guardians no matter how small it might seem.
- Block – If someone is being unkind to you via online chat in the game, you will always be able to block them. It’s important to look at the safety centre on each game or network you’re using, as they will show you how to block and report. Once the person or people are blocked, it will stop them from contacting you.
- Mute – If someone is making unkind comments via your headset, remember you can mute them. This means they’re not able to communicate with you until you unmute them.
- Personal Information – Never share personal information online and remember that it can be really difficult to delete things online so be careful what you share
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD IF THEY'RE BEING BULLIED ONLINE?
- Keep an open dialogue – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s important that you keep an open dialogue and interest in what games your child is playing. By asking questions and showing that you’re interested it means your child will be comfortable to speak to you if they have any issues or worries.
- Report – If you overhear any conversations that make you worried or you feel that your child is being groomed online, it’s imperative that you report these concerns to the Police ASAP.
- Educate – Every gaming platform has a support centre. Why not take 5 minutes to visit these with your child and learn about the safety features they have in place.
- Consider adding parental controls to your internet – Every internet service provider allows you to add under 18 filters. This ensure any sites that have adult content won’t be accessible via your home internet. However, this isn’t fool proof as most young people are able to find ways around filters. It’s better to use parental controls in conjunction with the rest of these tips.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/Parents/
- UK Safer Internet Centre - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
- NSPCC and O2 Parent Line for Online Safety - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/