Most children these days have regular access to the internet via PCs, games consoles and mobile technologies. Whilst this instant communication offers fantastic opportunities for learning, it is our responsibility as adults to ensure we keep our children safe from any dangers or images that could upset them.
A copy of ‘Digital Parenting’ Magazine will be going home with children either today or early next week. A digital copy can be downloaded here. It is packed with very useful information on how to keep children safe online. As always, they have an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices. It also includes information on digital resilience and film classification to protect children on their mobiles and tablets. Please take time to read the publication.
All our pupils receive online safety lessons as part of their curriculum and next week we have a visit from South Yorkshire Police to talk to the whole school about the issue of Cyber-bullying as part of Anti-bullying week.
Access to inappropriate games and films is also becoming more of an issue to young people these days.
It is very important to realise that not all games are suitable for children. Indeed, many games are designed for adult players only. Every game sold in stores is required by law to display an age rating on the box. Age ratings are usually given as a number, which tells you the youngest age the content is suitable for. A game or film with a 12 rating has content which is suitable only for people aged 12 years and over, and a game or film with an 18 rating is suitable for adults only. You should always check the age rating and descriptors before buying any game or film.
Please support us by talking to your child about online-safety issues and monitoring what they are doing online, while using technology and playing games on their consoles.
The www.askaboutgames.com website provides further information about video games ratings and offers real family stories and suggestions on how video games can be a creative and collaborative experience for all the family.
If you want to explore any area of e-safety at home, the website www.thinkuknow.co.uk will give you all the resources you will need for whatever age of young person, several of which we use in school.
Additionally, don’t forget the ‘Whisper’ button on our website. This is an anonymous reporting service for pupils, families and local community that allows you to send a message or text to a confidential school email account where staff experienced in responding to issues will receive it.
If you need any help or have any concerns about online safety, please contact Mrs Borland or Mr Fernandes at school.