ESSENTIAL SYSTEMS AND SETTINGS
Our virtual reality platform uses CoSpaces Edu, a GDPR compliant platform designed for children and young people to create, share and explore using a range of 3D tools. This is where you'll find MyCybertherapyspace VR® - a purpose-made space where we meet, explore online, and choose the games and activities we want to use during our session. Along with our video connection on Zoom, there's lots of different ways we can share using multiple devices; we'll find the way that suits your child or young person.
It's important that you and your child are ready for their session. Here's the essential information you'll need to know.
Sharing & Control
Most of us are used to the basic functions of left-clicking on a mouse and track-pad, but ensuring that children know how to select, drag and drop are essential control tools when playing online. Some games are easier to control and play if you're using a mouse. If not, we recommend children play the 'This is Sand game' to practice getting used to the controls while using a track-pad or tablet. And do make sure you click the correct settings on your video-calling platform, to allow your child to share their screen or control my screen remotely.
Our policy & your consent
There's plenty of careful consideration that helps to make gaming in online therapy a safe and therapeutic experience. Our online and video games policy will give you a checklist of the areas we can think about together.
We use VR games which can be viewed in lots of ways. Some use a VR (cardboard) viewer or a head set which holds a VR enabled smartphone. Other games need a head mounted display (HMD) such as an Oculus Quest. To view content in AR you'll need a portable device (eg. smartphone or table) which is AR enabled. We limit access to VR to 15 minutes and additional parental permission and device settings are required. See our Gaming and VR policy for more information.
We use Zoom for most of our online sessions. Limitations may apply to other online platforms. Check first to see if the platform you wish to use is able to support the activity.
Some activities and games are only available for specific operating systems and devices (eg. Android, Windows or Apple). You might need to choose another activity if your device does not support the game you've chosen.
Choosing your activities
Special account and security settings are required before we can play video games together online. If it is not possible to play the exact game you like, we will find a way to adapt an activity to help you share and explore using specific characters and themes that matter to you.
Contact us to talk about your child's device for therapy or safety online.