Staying Safe Online
One of our priorities for this year is all about improving the children's understanding of how to stay safe on the internet. E-safety is integrated within all of our lessons and we promote safe internet use through Computing, SMSC and other curriculum areas.
Online content - commonsensemedia.org
We understand that it can be difficult to keep up with technology, often with new applications, games and online content being published every single day. Whilst we don't want to limit a child from exploring and learning from online content, it is important to understand the suitability of the content that they may access. We recently found a great resource that we want to share with you, and that is https://www.commonsensemedia.org/. This website provides a collection of reviews from other parents and educators that will help you to understand what kind of content your child may be looking at. Whether it is a game, an application, a website, book, music or film this site can show you what is suitable for your child, and what may not be suitable for their age. The website also hosts a whole range of advice for parents and is certainly worth a visit.
"No-nonsense advice for parents. Check out our news, features, advice and reviews to help your child enjoy the good bits of the internet without letting the bad bits spoil their fun".
For the Parent Zone website, click here.
South West Grid for Learning
South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have been at the forefront of internet safety since 2003. They provide a safe gateway for our children to access the internet. They ensure everyone has a safer internet experience.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a part of the Police Service which helps children stay safe online. If you feel uncomfortable or know someone who has also been made to feel uncomfortable when using the internet, you can report it to CEOP.
Know It All
Know It All is a brilliant resource which has been put together by Childnet International, a charity devoted to keeping young people safe online. It is a fantastic resource for both children and parents.
Hector the Protector!
The Hector’s World Safety Button™ is a child-activated safety tool which children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them. The Hector’s World Safety Button is a simple executable file which you can download here for free. The file installs a swimming Hector’s World™ character on the computer screen A child can just click on Hector character, who then covers the screen with a beautiful underwater scene and gives the child a positive written message, while encouraging them to get adult help. These buttons install and uninstall very easily. Which version you use will depend on your operating system and the capacity of your computer.
Childline offers help to young people who are having problems of any sort. This can include: exam stress, neglect, alcoholism, family relationships, bullying, eating problems, homework and is there if you need to speak to someone.
E-SAFETY PARENT LEAFLET
What are key concerns for children, and how can you keep them safe while playing Pokémon Go?
Stranger Danger Using location-based (GPS) Technology
The app actively encourages users to have social interactions in the real world in order to meet up in real life. With this in mind, it is important to reinforce to children that they should never meet someone they don’t know offline and to avoid going to dangerous locations.
Safety Outdoors (i.e. crossing roads, other people’s property)
As the app requires you to focus on your phone to play the game there is the potential that players may be distracted when crossing roads or put themselves in harm’s way to capture Pokémon in different areas. Simply dimming the screen and using the vibrate option to alert players to the presence of other Pokémon will help them keep themselves safe while playing the game on the go.
Although the game is free, like many other games it features in-app purchases to purchase ‘Pokécoins’. To make sure you don’t receive an unexpected bill at the end of the month review your app permissions. See our step-by-step and downloadable guides for parents on setting up Apple iPhones and Android phones.
Mobile Data Use
As you’re the likely bill payer, it’s important you understand that the app requires constant GPS tracking, and it may eat up mobile data quite quickly, which can be expensive. If your child is on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pre-pay system, you can regulate and limit how much your child is using the phone. If your child is on a contract it might be easier for your child to run up high bills. Although most network providers will set limits on usage if you asked them to, so your child won’t run up high bills.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/expert-opinion/pokemon-go-mobile-game-what-parents-need-to-know/
Please see below advice relating to the social networking site, Instagram.
Please see below advice relating to the social networking site, Facebook.
DANGERS AND AGE RESTRICTIONS OF GAMES
You are probably aware of the publicity surrounding the concerns for children who are spending time playing age inappropriate. Although gaming is extremely popular and can provide a fun and social form of entertainment, often encouraging teamwork and cooperation when played with others, it should be noted that games listed as suitable for over 18s could cause lasting emotional/psychological damage and behavioural issues in younger children. Games of this nature could contain any of the following elements:
Sometimes children are playing these games when away form the family home, whilst visiting friends/relatives.
For your information, I have included the age recommendations for the games listed below:
Below are links to a list of websites that will help you and your children understand the importance of staying safe online.