Rickinghall youngsters build on internet safety using Minecraft

Connor and Ellie Rookyard who, with the help of mum Laura and Dad Gavin have developed a kid friendl

Connor and Ellie Rookyard who, with the help of mum Laura and Dad Gavin have developed a kid friendly websitePicture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The online perils of the internet are well known to worried parents concerned about what their children may stumble on as they innocently search for games and fun videos.

But now thanks to two Suffolk cyber-wise siblings, children can log onto a website and find top tips and share information in safety about the gaming phenomenon Minecraft.

Ellie and Connor Rookyard, aged 10 and eight from Rickinghall, near Diss have set up the website www.rookstars.com on which they record handy tips on how to play Minecraft and create and build all manner of weird and wonderful structures.

The youngsters set up the free-to-use site with the help of their father Gavin Rookyard, 37, after they went online to watch YouTube videos on Minecraft and found footage that was not appropriate for children due to their content.

Their new site is fully vetted and pre-moderated by Mr Rookyard and his wife Laura, also 37, and children visiting the web address use aliases and avatars so their identities are not revealed online.

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Ellie, who goes to St Botolph's Primary School with her brother and plans to feature other games on the website, said: 'We wanted to help other kids with gaming and feel safe on our website.'

Should more be done to protect children online? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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