Christmas Tech Gifts

5th December 2017
It's that time of year when you might be considering buying a new laptop or tablet or games console for your child and wondering how to keep them safe when it is connected to the internet.
 
To help answer your questions, Childnet have recently posted some guidance on their website here. The article includes several links to other pages on their site, such as their guide to parental controls and safety settings and how to use parental controls on your broadband connection.
 
If you already have a games console or computer in your house then you might be considering buying a new game for Christmas. All games published in the UK are given an age rating by PEGI (Pan European Game Information) that indicates the minimum age that the game is suitable for. You can check these ratings and get some idea of the content in the game by searching at their website here.
 
Games sold in the USA are rated by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) and they also have a website where you can search for ratings. An advantage of the ESRB website is that it explains the ratings applied and gives a clear indication of the content that your child would be exposed to whilst playing the game. You can access the ESRB website here.
 
We hope you find those links useful and wish you all a happy and safe Christmas!