Keeping Roosterbank safe for children is our top priority.
Roosterbank.com is under SSL which in technical speak means it’s much safer than a standard website from an information security point of view. Furthermore our staff moderators are CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked and our technology helps too. Here’s how we manage internet safety for kids on Roosterbank:
Is Roosterbank a Social Networking Site?
No, we are a pocket money management website, but we do offer some restricted communication tools in the Roosterbank Village for kids to chat to their family and friends.
You control the level of a child’s chat restrictions on Roosterbank.
We set each account by default to “Safe Chat”. You can then change this in your parent area to “No Chat” should you wish.
The chat settings include:
- No Chat – Children can send only gifts to their friends. A gift might be a virtual cake for example – it’s not real.
- Safe Chat – Children can send and receive gifts and ‘safe’ messages to their friends. We have pre-loaded these ‘safe’ words and they are age-appropriate.
Our website and in particular our chat features have been audited and accredited by “Kids Safe”. You can read more about our accreditation here
Other ways kids can communicate on Roosterbank
Forum Posts on the blog operate outside of the Village and these are all moderated before they are put live on the site.
Messages a child sends to you through the Child Dashboard are not moderated, but then you are probably the best judge of the appropriateness of that!
Can my child make friends on the site?
To make friends in the Roosterbank Village, kids need to know their friends’ avatar names (also referred to as their Farmer Name). They might know this because their friend has shared it with them at school or maybe their brother has shouted it over their Rice Krispies at breakfast.
Once a child knows someone else’s avatar name, they can then use the “Find Friends” feature to send that person an invitation to join his or her friends roll. It is up to the recipient of an invite to decide whether or not to accept that invitation. Once an invitation is accepted, friends can write messages to each other according to the rules set out above.
Children can find new friends on Roosterbank in a number of other ways such as looking in the Rooster League tables, or reading submissions in the Roostie News Site where users may have submitted articles or comments.
If you give permission for your child to have a Roosterbank account, your child will have the opportunity to be featured in the Roosterbank News section of the site (for instance, if they win a competition or send in an article about something) where their avatar name may be shared with other users on the site – nothing else.
This may all mean that they can befriend people they may not directly know in person – which is why we have employed chat restrictions on user’s accounts.
Age Relevant Content
Roosterbank has been designed to be age specific. This means for the younger ones that use the Village we ensure there are no links off the site for them to run off and get lost on You Tube or wherever. For the older kids that enjoy using The RB, we do have links out but these are editorially controlled and appropriate. A parent can block access to the RB if they wish by amending access in the Parent Area.
For the shop, all our content is curated and hand picked from suppliers to ensure it’s right for your children.
What else can I do to keep my child safe online?
While we hope to do our part we also hope that Parents engage with their kids to help teach them how to be safe online. Internet Safety is our priority and we’ve written articles that we display to Roosterbank users to help with this, but to summarize:
Kids Being Safe on Roosterbank should:
- Never share their personal information online
- Know how to report something they feel isn’t right – to either their parent or to us
- Never give their password out to anyone!
You can read more here if you are interested you can visit the Think Now for Internet Safety website for more information.
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to drop us a note – firstname.lastname@example.org