The opportunities that ICT gives our young people as they grow are both wide and fantastic.
With this ever changing world comes ever changing challenges.
It is important that all children are kept safe from things which could make them upset or put them at risk.
At school we help the children to think about their behaviour and use of computers.
In discussions with them and using government advice we can minimise the risks.
Below you will find links to the school guides and useful websites which will help you to be aware of e-safety issues and how you can help your child be Cyber Smart.
Free Online Safety Guides
How to set up parental controls for apps on Android phones and iPhones
Some adults tend to ignore the parental controls on their smartphone, because they expect them to be hard to understand and complicated to set up – but actually it’s surprisingly simple! This #WakeUpWednesday, National Online Safety have produced step-by-step guides to help parents adjust these settings to block unsuitable games and apps from their child’s iPhone or Android smartphones.
Whether a young person plays games and enjoys apps on their own phone or borrows a family member’s, it is worth spending some time reviewing the parental controls on that device. The guides walk you through the process, to help reduce the chances of children downloading and using apps or games which are not appropriate for their age group. Please access this the guides by clicking on the link below:
Almost two thirds (63%, to be exact) of Snapchat users check the app at least once every day, while almost half (49%) log in more than once – with an average stay on the app of around 30 minutes. Such repetition hints at compulsive behaviour, but potential addiction isn’t the only online safety risk associated with the popular image- and video-sharing platform.
Snapchat has previously faced criticism over the many ‘beautifying’ filters and effects which have been linked to self-esteem and body-image issues – while the fact that messages can be set to automatically delete is seen in some quarters as facilitating sexting. Our #WakeUpWednesday this week has all the essential information that parents and carers need about Snapchat. Please click onthe link below to access more information:
Safer Internet Day is being held globally on Tuesday 7th February 2023 with the theme of ‘Want to talk about it - Making space for conversations about life online’, the day provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives.
To help you talk to your child about having a positive and safe time online there are a number of resources you may wish to refer to.
The NSPCC website also contains useful information about internet safety.
Purple Mash has also created a leaflet for parents called “Parenting in a Digital World” please click the link to view.