Defence

Defending against LandMine.

This is pretty simple:

Parents Section:

This section is in all means NOT forcing you to; but be aware that LandMine may attack your child. (Over Minetest or Minecraft.)

- There is no substitute for talking to your child to see if they have any anxieties or concerns. Try that first. You should ask what sites they visit, who they talk to when they go there and what they do.

- Nothing in life is 100 per cent safe all of the time. Everyone who goes online needs to keep their wits about them. Young children need help and supervision.

- It's a good idea to speak to the child to see if they have any anxieties or concerns. Try that first. Ask what sites they visit, who they talk to when they go there and what they do.

- Filtering software can help keep younger children away from worrying content or areas. Your internet service provider will almost certainly have some that is free for all of their customers

- Try and avoid "taking the internet away". We need to learn how to use these things, not abandon them.

Q:My 13yo daughter just plays Minecraft / Minetest, which seems safe to me. Or am I being naive?

A: It would be very unusual for a 13 year old to restrict themselves to a single site or a single game. Not impossible, but definitely unusual.

- Be prepared to listen in a non-judgemental way. Rushing in, though well intentioned, can be frightening and off putting.

- Whilst you must acknowledge the victimisation of your child, it is unhelpful in terms of encouraging their self-esteem to label them “a victim”.

- Encourage them to record and report any incident of bullying that they experience. This will help them feel less isolated and in more control.

(Child and Parent section.)

If you are being bullied:

• Speak to someone else about what's going on - whether that's a parent, sibling, friend or teacher. It is best to tell another adult, but if you're not comfortable, start with a friend.

• Block communication with the cyberbully - delete messages without reading them or block them.

• You can also report the problem to an internet service provider or website moderator

• It is always possible to close an online account, with whoever it is.

• If you're getting bullied over the the game, we recommend that you stay calm and try not to show emotion.

Bottom Line:

A child / you who shows one or more of these indicators is not necessarily being bullied, but these signs are a good indication that something is causing that your child / you difficulty and distress. You and your parents have a responsibility to find out what is bothering that your child / you and support them in accessing help.

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