It can be challenging to ensure that a child is using technology safely. Below you will find some links that should help you, whether that is judging if something is appropriate for primary aged children or through developing your understanding of how children are using technology.
It is always good thing to have a family agreement about the use of technology. A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house. A good example is the Child net Family Agreement which can be found at: www.childnet.com
Advice for Parents
Please find below links which we hope will be of great benefit to you:
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We know that Fortnite: Battle Royale is currently very popular with children. Please find attached our advice leaflet about this game which, we believe, can have some unpleasant issues attached to it.
Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in it's most recent version where you can view the exact location of your friends. It can give you the area, town, and street and if you zoom in enough, it shows the house on the street layout.
Snapchat has a lot of young users on it's platform. If your children are on please check that they have their location set to Ghost mode. That way no one can see where they are.
To do this make sure app is the updated version and go to selfie mode on the camera. Then zoom out. It will give you the option of changing who can see your location.
We know that many children are using social media when ‘officially’ they are too young to sign up to the sites. Lots of them say that Mums and Dads have signed them up. There’s nothing illegal in that, but please keep in mind that if you sign your 8 year old up to Facebook now saying they are 13, in five years they will appear as an 18 year old on the site.
If an adult tries to groom your then 13 year old via social media, they will be able to argue that they thought they were talking to another adult. Remember to update their details, check their privacy settings, and talk to them about which pictures they use for their profile, so they’re safe online. Thank you.
The NSPCC (click link) offers guidance on how to set up parental controls, to:
Grooming happens both online and in person. Groomers will hide their true intentions and may spend a long time gaining a child's trust. Groomers may try to gain the trust of a whole family to allow them to be left alone with a child and if they work with children they may use similar tactics with their colleagues.
Groomers do this by:
They may also use secrets and intimidation to control children or online social networks
Things you may notice:
Safer Internet Day 2021 was celebrated and engaged with by our school and it provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives particularly at a time that home learning was going on. As a school we feel that an ongoing conversation with our pupils about internet safety is extremely important. Please see below a Young Persons Charter 2021 which sums up children's aspirations for a better internet.
Please find below an online safety message that we hope will be of interest to you and keep you up to date with fresh information.
Item for Parents - Choosing Age Appropriate Games
With the winter months nearly here, many families will be enjoying video games as part of their entertainment in the coming season. Gaming can be a creative, collaborative and enjoyable family activity. However, parents will also be aware of the risks posed if children play games which are not suitable for them and knowing how to choose appropriate games, and how to talk to your children about it, can be difficult.
Remember, you can always talk to a parent, carer or teacher if you are worried about how you use or how friends are using technology.