Safety first

At Guardians of Ancora, we take online safety seriously and are following the most recent legislation and guidelines for ensuring players are as safe as they can be.

The design and features of the Guardians of Ancora app mean that negative situations such as cyberbullying do not occur. It’s always good to be alert to safety, though, and there are many print and online resources to help you be safe online, whatever you’re playing or doing. You can find more about those further down this page.

Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst

Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst by Dr Bex Lewis, published by Lion Hudson, is available as paperback or ebook. ISBN 1459686705, 9781459686700

The title of this handbook says it all: How do you tread the tightrope of keeping children safe online, while enabling them to seize and benefit from the wealth of opportunities on offer? Bex Lewis, an expert in social media and digital innovation, has written a much-needed and timely book full of sound research, practical tips and realistic advice on how to keep children safe online. She puts the Internet scare stories and distorted statistics into context and offers clear and sensible guidelines to help children thrive in the digital jungle.

You can read more about Bex Lewis here.

Childnet International and Kidsmart

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

Download a PDF leaflet about Online Gaming: An introduction for parents and carers, which explores the gaming environment and gives helpful advice and safety guidelines.

Their online safety site is Kidsmart, with advice for children of different ages, for parents and teachers/group leaders.

Helpful tips for gaming are given here.

Ofcom

Every year in the autumn, UK communications regulator OFCOM reports on children’s media usage and parents’ attitudes. Find the latest report here.

You can also download a PDF about Protecting your Child in the Digital World.

Global Online Charter

In 2008, the International Youth Advisory Congress (IYAC) met for the first time. A hundred and fifty children and young people from all over the world met together to consider online safety and security. Their Global Online Charter sets out what they need and want, in terms of online safety.

A supplement to the Global Online Charter includes useful online safety tips (though some of the survey results and statistics are now out of date).

NCA CEOP and FBI

Formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, CEOP is now part of the UK National Crime Agency.

Their online safety site, with information on what’s good, what’s not and what to do about it, is thinkuknow with advice for children of different ages, for parents and teachers/group leaders.

In the US, a parallel role is taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with guidelines for parents here.

EU Kids Online

EU Kids Online is a multinational research network, coordinated by Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Leslie Haddon at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. It seeks to enhance knowledge of European children's online opportunities, risks and safety. Find the latest news and reports here.

ENISA

The European Network and Information Security Agency reports on a wide range of safety topics. Although the statistics are now out of date, the principles in the extensive (45 pages) report Children on Virtual Worlds: What parents should know provide much food for thought and advice on positive action. Download the free report as a PDF, from the ENISA archive.

EU Kids Online

EU Kids Online is a multinational research network, coordinated by Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Leslie Haddon at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. It seeks to enhance knowledge of European children's online opportunities, risks and safety. Find the latest news and reports here.