Gaming (SEND)

Online Safety Resources for families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) including autism and ADHD

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SHARING CONTENT

Online risks like sharing inappropriate content are higher for children and young people with autism, ADHD and other special educational needs and disabilities. They are more than twice as likely to share inappropriate images, including nude selfies, than their neurotypical peers. Here are resources to help keep them safe online.

TECHSAFE SOCIAL NARRATIVES

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Social Narratives worksheet – When Players talk to me online

TECHSAFE GUIDES

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Talking about online safety with your neurodiverse child

ACCESSING CONTENT

Online risks like accessing inappropriate content are higher for children and young people with autism, ADHD and other special educational needs and disabilities. They are 4 times more likely to access content that encourages behaviours or ideas which are potentially dangerous. Here are resources to help keep them safe online.

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Is this game suitable?

TECHSAFE GUIDES

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In-App Purchases & Loot Boxes

GAMING RESOURCES

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Family Gaming Database

A family gaming database to help parents and guardians navigate the world of video games and board games

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PEGI

PEGI helps parents to make informed decisions when buying video games. PEGI provides age classifications which confirm that the game is suitable for players of a certain age.

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BULLYING

Online risks like bullying are higher for children and young people with autism, ADHD and other special educational needs and disabilities. They are twice as likely to be cyberbullied than their neurotypical peers. Here are resources to help keep them safe online.

TECHSAFE GUIDES

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Top Tips on Gaming

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Is My Child Being Cyberbullied?

GROOMING

Online risks like Grooming are higher for children and young people with autism, ADHD and other special educational needs and disabilities. They are more than 3 times as likely to be persuaded into unwanted sexual activity or to feel controlled online. Here are resources to help keep them safe online.

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The Breck Foundation

The Breck Foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity

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Ethan talks about griefing and gaming with strangers

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TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management whilst online can be hard for children and young people with autism, ADHD and other special educational needs and disabilities, they often find it hard to put down their screens. Here are resources to help keep them safe online.

TECHSAFE SOCIAL NARRATIVES

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Social Narratives worksheet – When I spend time on my device

TECHSAFE GUIDES

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Managing Screen Time with your neurodivergent child or young person

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Gaming Disorder

Gaming Disorder – what you need to know

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I can’t tear my child away from their screen!

GAMING RESOURCES

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Autcraft

A Minecraft server for children (and adults) with autism

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Spectrum Gaming  

An online community for autistic young people

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Internet Matters Gaming Hub

The latest advice to understand the world of online gaming and encourage young people to game safely and responsibly online

TECHSAFE GAMING APP

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