We receive many questions from teachers and parents about whether their kids are safe playing BrainNook. As parents and educators, we take these questions seriously.
BrainNook offers an extensive set of features that help keep children safe as they play. Here are some of the ways in which BrainNook helps keep kids safe while providing a friendly and supportive social environment that helps kids learn:
- Messaging between friends, reporting players: Children can only send messages to their friends. Children can un-friend any player who is not behaving appropriately, which will prevent that player from messaging them. They can report specific players to a moderator, which may result in that player being banned from BrainNook; and they can block any player entirely, which will make it impossible for that player to contact them again through friend requests or chat messages.
- Safe Chat: All chat messages can only be typed using a set of “safe” words, which prevents children from revealing their real name, physical address or any other personal information to other players.
- “Friending” outside the classroom: Teachers can control whether their students can communicate with players outside their class. If this setting is turned off, students cannot message anyone other than their classmates, eliminating the opportunity for unsafe interaction with strangers.
- Disabling typed chat: Teachers can also entirely turn off typed chat for students who violate school rules of conduct. Students with typed chat turned off can only compose messages using a drop-down menu of phrases, which prevents them from combining words together to create an inappropriate message. Since students enjoy typing messages to one another, this alone may be sufficient motivation for disruptive students to behave better!
- Chat Log Review by Teachers: Teachers can review a chat log of all messages sent and received by their students, allowing them to identify any inappropriate messages and to take the necessary action.
- Friend List Review by Teachers: Teachers can even review each student’s list of friends, allowing them to remove friends they consider inappropriate.
For more detail on the safety features in BrainNook, check out this page.
Are there other safety features you’d like to see in BrainNook? Let us know!