Tips For Students

Online Gaming Safety Tips

Responsible Netism is a non-profit initiative in Maharashtra committed towards promoting online safety and cyber wellness among children and adults.
With the panic games like Blue Whale have caused, we wish to share the following tips with children, schools and parents to enable them protect their children online. Let us not assume all messages forwarded on the internet are true. Let us not forward unverified content. It is extremely important to be alert and cautious to proactively protect children from online threats. Join us to make children safe online. www.responsiblenetism.org

Tips for children:

• Select online games wisely, check the rating and the content of the games

• Avoid downloading games/materials from unknown or unverified sources

• Never share personal details like name, address, contact details etc online

• Avoid chatting through gaming platforms, avoid chatting with online strangers

• Learn self-control, avoid dependency or addiction and going overboard, minimize screen-time

• Play physical outdoors games at least for 1 hour every day

• Beware, many online games are illegal and or may have objectionable content, avoid them

• It is NOT COOL to boast about playing illegal games or accepting challenges to draw attention

• Do not spread rumors about dangerous games, they cause more panic and harm

• Be kind with words, cyber bullying is a crime, do not get influenced by dares and bullies

• Raise your voice against any objectionable content

• You have the power to say “NO” to what you feel is wrong. Use your power.

• No person/ game/ activity should make you feel scared/threatened/fearful/ashamed/ confused, if it does, stop it immediately and report to a trusted adult.

• When you are asked not to disclose an objectionable incident to adults, YOU MUST share it

• Do not attempt self-harm, your life is valuable, you are loved by your parents the way you are

• Often, many children know secrets about their friend’s unsafe behaviour, do not shy away from reporting cases.

• Report signs of danger or threats that friends face to parents and teachers

• Any signs of distress, extreme anger, violence, aggression, sadness, talking of death, killing or harming that you or your friends face or express, needs attention, seek help from a trusted adult

• Each one has the power to prevent crime and protect oneself and your friend’s life when in need of help.

• Remember it is your responsibility to save your friends from doing wrong

• Stay safe and be a Responsible Netizen

Tips for parents:

• Panic is a natural reaction to rumours, stay calm, verify info, be proactive, avoid chaos

• Do not react or forward nor circulate unverified messages videos or content

• Rumours increase curiosity and encourage children to try new stunts to draw attention

• Talk, share communicate and listen to what children say

• Pick up the following important signs of distress your child may face, seek help immediately:

• Play physical outdoors games at least for 1 hour every day

• Beware, many online games are illegal and or may have objectionable content, avoid them

• It is NOT COOL to boast about playing illegal games or accepting challenges to draw attention

• Do not spread rumors about dangerous games, they cause more panic and harm

• Be kind with words, cyber bullying is a crime, do not get influenced by dares and bullies

• Raise your voice against any objectionable content

• You have the power to say “NO” to what you feel is wrong. Use your power.

  • withdrawal from social interaction, loss o interest in any activity
  • loneliness, sadness, cranky,
  • attempts of self harm, marks on body, talking about worthlessness, death, giving up,
  • disturbed food and sleep patterns
  • extreme anger and violence, changes in behavior, extreme mood swings
  • if your child is being bullied, harassed, threatened or if your child is the bully
  • hiding phones or gadgets from you
  • extreme dependency o phones, gadgets, games, unable to divert attention from them
• Teach children not to spread rumours, but report anything they find objectionable/ concerning

• Get involved with your child’s online activity, know the games they download install and play

• Check ratings, content and the age appropriateness of the game through verified apps

• Check internet history, if clean, is time to intervene and talk to children

• Set rules of time, nature of games played, no compromises on sharing personal information, chatting through messengers with people online

• Playing games involving money, bit coins, allowing children to shop online or using your banking cards independently should be strictly prohibited

• Empower children to stand up against bullying, accept that your child could also need help

• Promote online games related to sports, strategy and quest games

• Channelize your children’s Technical Quotient (TQ), provide alternative constructive creative activities against screen time,

• Limit screen exposure, “NO” screens during meals:

  • for children under 6 years, 20 minutes max per day,
  • for children between 7 to 12 years, 20 – 20 – 20 minutes thrice a day with adult monitoring between
  • for children between 13 – 16 years, 2 hours within the day, with breaks after every 30 minutes.
• Learn about online safety and befriend technology to protect your children

• Ensure to follow privacy settings for every app, secure profiles and deny stranger access

• Avoid downloads from unverified and unknown sources and torrents

• Learn and teach them to report abuse against, block objectionable content and people

Tips for schools:

• Do not shy away from talking to children and parents

• Build a common strategy with your counselors or mental health workers to address issues related to distress

• Create and secret and anonymous reporting system and strategy, to ensure children who report are safe.

• Recognize efforts of children who are brave enough to report against crime, distress and objectionable activities.

• Have a life skill programme to empower kids

• Recruit mental health professionals to ease issues related to children

• Conduct interactive workshops on online safety, empower children

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY CONTACT:

Your school Principal and or counselor

Responsible Netism – 8433701077,

[email protected], [email protected]
www.responsiblenetism.org
Mumbai Police: 100 and 103
Cyber cell: + (91)-22-26504008