Remember that many online games for children have a social media element, which means that your child can message other users. Your child may be communicating with other children, or adults- online it is difficult to tell the difference.
For more information about how you can control what your child can access online and understand the risks, please see the following website : http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers
Y2 were thinking about posting comments on photographs. We looked at a photo of One Direction and had a think about what we would write. We all had different opinions of 1D! We then discussed how we would feel if something not very nice was posted about a photo that we were in online. We decided that we wouldn't like it. Some people even went back and changed what they would write about One Direction. To practise writing nice things we had a go at writing compliments for each other. We all had a piece of paper with our names on and we went around each others papers writing compliments about each other. We then sat down and read them and discovered that these things made us feel really happy and put big smiles on our faces! We then thought how this is what we will think about when posting anything online.
This week in school, it is Safer Internet Week. The theme is 'Be Kind Online' and we decided to explore the world of online posting. The children have spent time exploring the idea of posting messages and comments on the internet and we discussed as a class what happens when comments are posted on social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. A series of photographs of different people were put up around school and the children were given post-it notes. They were allowed to write comments on the post-it notes and post them underneath the pictures to simulate the action of posting a comment online. We read all of the comments that had been 'posted' and talked about how the person recieving these posts would feel. We also talked about the fact that it feels very different 'posting a comment' about someone online compared to saying something directly to the person.
Please talk to your child about what they have learnt and what they know about posting on social media websites or on games.