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Nannies & Parents keep your children safe on the Internet!

November 7, 2018 | Leave a Comment

With the online world becoming a prominent part of children’s lives today and the age of children using the internet is getting younger. Popular games on the internet are resulting in children becoming vulnerable when at home. Because of this, Harmony at Home have created this quick guide to keeping children safe online, as it is very important that both parents and nannies are aware of the possible internet misuse.

Varying concerns of child safety:

Communication between players when gaming: players can chat to each other via microphones, headsets and messaging. Children can talk to peers from school but can also talk to strangers. Although speaking over the internet can be innocent, it can lead to cyberbullying or sexual misuse by strangers.

In-app purchasing: children can easily purchase different products and game upgrades, such as ‘skins’, without realising they are spending money. Leading to large bills on parents’ accounts. Parents are no longer in control of their finances as innocent gaming can lead to large payments.

Addictive nature of the game: arguably children are staying up all night to play their game and falling asleep in lessons. It has been argued that long sessions of game play is due to games evolving and being able to play with friends. Resulting in children becoming addicted to the continually new elements of their favourite games.

When should you report internet misuse?

If you’re worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited, you should report your concerns to CEOP.

It is not necessarily easy to spot the signs of your child being groomed/sexually exploited. Therefore if you have any concerns you should call 999 or contact CEOP as soon as possible.

You should always report to CEOP if your child is or has been in contact with someone who is:

  • Chatting online to your child about sex
  • Asking them to do sexual things
  • Asking to meet up if they’ve only met them online
  • Requesting sexual pictures
  • Forcing them into sexual activity
  • Making them feel unsafe

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and can investigate what is happening – your children’s safety and wellbeing is paramount. You can make a report to CEOP using the CEOP Safety Centre. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

FORTNITE

The current popular online game is Fortnite, the game gives you the option to play singular or as a duo. The aim of the game is to be the last person (or duo) standing in a post-apocalyptic world. Fortnite: Battle Royale, sees up to 100 players pitted against each other to stay alive on an island. Players can build and demolish structures, and collect weapons, supplies and armour to help them along the way. Players shoot each other using a range of lethal weapons, but the brightly-coloured, cartoon-style graphics and lack of bloodshed mean it doesn’t feel too gory or graphic.

To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’, although you don’t have to provide your age when creating an account, so younger children can still log on easily.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to download on PC/Mac, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It’s coming to Android soon.

It has about 45 million monthly users worldwide including the England football team, who reportedly played it in their World Cup downtime.

ROBLOX

Roblox is a popular online game, with players as young as 5 year olds. There are over 15 million games created by users, individuals can learn and play with their friends in a family-friendly, immersive, 3D environment. Roblox can be accessed on different devices, resulting in children being able to play with anyone wherever they are. Although family-friendly, there is always a chance that strangers can connect with younger children on these different devices.

How can I keep my children safe?

Parental controls on the gaming device: most devices have options to set time limits on game play, set age limits for content and also restrict those in-app purchases.

You can visit the website ‘ask about games’ for links to detailed instructions on the device your child uses – the site covers Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple and Android phones, and Nintendo Switch. Ask About Games

www.askaboutgames.com/advice/parental-controls

The battles in Fortnite roughly late 20 minutes. Having this idea on how long a game lasts means you can set time limits for matches rather than a set number of hours. Resulting in your children not fixating on how long they can play.

Turn off the voice chat feature: Speak to your child to make sure they know this feature exists and encourage them to use the options below if they encounter someone who is offensive or inappropriate.

You can disable the voice chat function in the game if you:

  • Open the settings menu (the 3 lines on the right-hand-side of the screen), then choose the ‘cog’ icon
  • Select the ‘audio’ tab
  • You should be able to turn off ‘voice chat’ by tapping the arrows next to it

You can also ‘mute’ individual players in the game by:

  • Pausing the game
  • Hovering over the player you wish to mute
  • Selecting the mute button (a loudspeaker icon)

Make sure your child knows how to report inappropriate behaviour:

You or your child can report players who make them uncomfortable using the in-game feedback tool (located in the main menu).

You can also use the ‘support’ section of the Epic Games site (the makers of Fortnite). You’re asked to select the platform you play the game on, the game mode you’re playing, and then you can select ‘report player’. You can provide more detail such as the player’s name and attach a screenshot.

Support, Epic Games

https://fortnitehelp.epicgames.com/customer/portal/emails/new?b_id=9729&q=email+us

What else can I do?

  • You can download and play the game to help you understand it
  • Talk to your child about what they’re doing online, and make sure they know they can talk to you about anything that has upset them
  • Check your bank statements and gaming system account balance regularly to look for in-app purchases you’re not happy with, and to make sure your child isn’t getting around any passwords you’ve set up

November is Safeguarding Month

November 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

November is Safeguarding Month.

Nannies must follow child safeguarding guidelines, as it is important to ensure that all children are safe and protected correctly. Safeguarding guidelines are important among organisations, such as schools. However, it is just as important for nannies to understand the importance of safeguarding. Therefore, please help spread the word throughout November, to ensure that all children are protected and treated fairly throughout the UK.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

As well as this, nannies that are aware of the safeguarding guidelines can enhance child protection among individuals that have been identified as suffering from harm or preventing individuals suffering from harm.

We want to ensure that all nannies are aware of the importance of safeguarding and follow the guidelines set. There are many sites and resources to keep you in the loop about the proper procedure, one being the NSPCC website

Further your knowledge

Become Level 2 qualified and Harmony at Home accredited by completing our Child Protection training.

Support and promote Safeguarding throughout November

Furthermore, the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board have created “What Safeguarding Children Means to me” speech bubbles. Print out the speech bubbles, take a picture of you and your speech bubble, send to the West Sussex board and these will be displayed throughout November to raise awareness. For more information, please follow the link >> http://www.westsussexscb.org.uk/2018/09/november-will-be-safeguarding-month/

The difference between a Nanny and a Nanny Housekeeper

June 20, 2018 | Leave a Comment

A Nanny and a Nanny Housekeeper are 2 separate job titles!

It is important to understand the difference between a Nanny and a Nanny Housekeeper.

If you are looking to employ either a Nanny or a Nanny Housekeeper, discover what their duties would include:

Let’s break it down…

Nanny:

Every family’s needs and requirements will be different.

Whether you are looking for a live in or live out nanny, their duties will include:

The typical duties of a Nanny include:

  • Looking after and caring for the children.
  • Supporting the children and family in any way they can.
  • Preparing and cooking healthy nutritious meals for the children.
  • Taking the children to and from school/ nursery.
  • Traveling with the family if needed.
  • Taking the children to social events and activities.
  • Communicating with parents to update them on the children – The day’s activities, what they have eaten etc. Having a Nanny diary can be hugely beneficial to record daily events and key information about the charge/ charges in your care.
  • Handling the children’s washing, ironing and laundry.
  • Bathing and dressing the children.
  • Maintaining the children’s bedroom – making sure it is kept tidy.
  • Making sure play areas and kept clean and tidy.

Nanny Housekeeper:

As well as carrying out all the duties of a nanny. A housekeeper will also take on additional domestic duties.

The typical duties of a Nanny Housekeeper include:

  • A Nanny housekeeper will have a balance of looking after and caring for children and carrying out domestic duties.
  • Going food shopping
  • Handling washing, laundry and ironing
  • Cooking and preparing healthy meals
  • Maintaining the general cleanliness and tidiness of the house
  • Taking care of pets (if appropriate)
  • Running day to day errands – for example, going to the post office.

If you are looking some help around the house or with childcare, register today and we can help to find the perfect fit for your family. Click HERE now to begin the process

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

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