In education and society today children are using the internet all of the time. They may go online to play games, research information or even take part in social media. Every time they go online they are sadly at risk of being contacted by adults who we would rather they didn’t know. Going online is not safe and you need to take care to secure your internet connection at home.
In school we have special filters on all our computers so children can’t accidentally come across images or messages that are not appropriate for children. At home your computer will have no filters unless you as parents have set them.
We think you should consider doing the following things;
- Set filters on your computer
- Talk to child about not giving out their personal details online
- Place the computer in a main room of your house so you can oversee what they are looking at
- Regularly check their search history to see which sites they have been on
- Remember for Facebook you need to be 13 years of age!
Christmas E-Safety – A Message for Parents
Bearing in mind that many of our children may be getting new devices for Christmas, here is a great video about keeping your children safe.
Fortnite is an online game, Battle Royale is a part of Fortnite where players do not have to pay to play. In Battle Royale, the free segment of Fortnite, 100 players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player (PVP) combat. Users are playing against people of different ages from across the world, and Fortnite has in game audio chat so that players can talk and interact with each other as they play.
From talking to our pupils it has become apparent that some pupils are playing Fortnite on a variety of devices. Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’. This PEGI rating only takes into account the content in the game and not the contact element, where players may be exposed to swearing and offensive language from strangers in voice or on-screen text chat.
- Here are some guidelines from Childnet about Fortnite: Battle Royale
- Here is a Fortnite online safety song for parents
The NSPCC has a fantastic video for young children about keeping their private areas safe. This coincides with our Kidsafe program really well.
Lancashire Grid for Learning has put together a plethora of resources for you to help your child remain safe online.
If you want further information, here is the link
Parent Info is a free service for schools.
Here you’ll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line.
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone, which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.
Keeping up to date with what your children are doing online can seem daunting. Technology is constantly advancing and sometimes parents feel that their children know more about the internet than they do.
Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what they might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.
Please click on the social media logos to find out how they can help connect your child safely on the internet.
Snapchat – A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat and Snapmaps here
Instagram – A Connect Safely guide to Instagram for parents here
Facebook – A guide for parents can be found here
Cumbria Local Safeguarding Hub
Lots of information to help you protect your child can be found on this Cumbrian website.
Please find below a range of excellent resources that can be used to make young people aware of potential issues that could affect their safety.