The Film and Publication Board (FPB) urges parents to be vigilant and closely monitor their children’s online activities, especially games downloaded on various App stores or from other online sources.
“Our FPB online monitors conducted a search on legitimate and known App stores and were unable to find reference to the game. However, there is a possibility that the game may be shared on a peer-to-peer basis. Parents and guardians are therefore urged to monitor their children’s devices and report such content on the FPB hotline number 0800 148 148 or www.fpbhotline.org.za,” said FPB’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Maria Motebang.
Take note of the following tips below in keeping your children, or those in your care safe online:
- Download monitoring Apps on your device. These Apps monitor your child’s online activities and can be set to:
o Alert you when your child logs on to an App.
o Allow you to set limits of how much time they can spend online using their devices.
o Alert you when the child tries to download an App.
o Allow you to grant permission for your child to download an App.
- Always supervise your children when they are online and get to know the games they play or videos they access on platforms such as YouTube.
- Be aware that the internet does not only offer fun activities, there are also criminal activities.
- Teach children not to share personal information and to ensure their privacy settings are always on.
- Assist them to identify activities or people that make them feel uncomfortable and to report such activities immediately to their parents.
- Teach children to block any person who bullies them and to report to an adult.
- Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.
- Many social networks require users to be 13 years or older. If your children have social media accounts, ensure that you check their privacy settings and who they interact with.
“We urge parents to ensure that they adhere to age restrictions as assigned by the FPB. Age appropriate content goes a long way towards protecting your young ones from premature exposure to content that causes them psychological and developmental harm,” Dr Motebang added.