Social Media and Online Gaming is now a part of Children's everyday life. When respected and used responsibly, both can be positive tools to a childs development.
However it is becoming increasingly apparent that manu online platforms are being abused and accessed for all the wrong reasons. This page is here to give helpfull advice abd links to how you can keep your child safe whilst online.
FAMILY / PARENTAL CONTROL
If you need help managing your childrens accounts and devices, you can use Google Family Link or Apple Family Sharing to help.
Google Family Link
This is a parental control app from
Google that lets you:
See activity reports showing how long they spend on each app.
Approve or block new app downloads.
Set screen time limits.
Find their location (using their device).
You will need to download an app and then decide on the appropriate settings. Further information is here https://families.google.com/familylink/
Apple Family Sharing
You can set up Family Sharing in the settings of your device.
Family Sharing allows you to:
Share Apple subscriptions and limit screen time
Share purchases from the Apple Store.
Approve what children purchase/download. Limit screen time.
Share locations and find devices.
Further information can be found here https://www.apple.com/uk/family-sharing/
New CyberSprinters activities (7 – 11 year olds)
The National Cyber Security Centre have released a new set of activities and interactive stories. As well as the original CyberSprinters game
(https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/cybersprinters), you can now access puzzles that you can solve with your child and read interactive stories together.
These activities are available here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/cybersprinters/home-activities.
Please find attached our E-Safety Leaflet, which is aimed to help parents/carers guide their children through the internet safely.
Please see the attached links for information on E-safety
Looking for advice on keeping safe online? Click here
Minecraft remains ever popular and can be a great learning tool that is often
used in schools to teach planning skills, recreate famous buildings in 3D and
coding. Players use building blocks to create their own worlds.
What should I be aware of?
Multiplayer – children can interact with others (including strangers), you can
switch this option off within settings or choose to play offline.
Chat facility – you do have the option to switch this off.
Block and report players – if your child is playing with others, make sure they
know how to block and report players within the game.
Additional purchases – be aware of in app purchases and the purchase of
additional items (skin packs) to support (although not needed) game play.
You can protect your child’s privacy by using a nickname (don’t include their age/birth year) rather than their real name for their profile and chat to your child to make sure that when playing online they know not to
share personal information. Also, make sure they know they can talk to you or a trusted adult if anybody or
anything is making them feel uncomfortable.
Futher info can be found at https://help.minecraft.net/hc/en-us
Happy Safer Internet Day!
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
The strapline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”.
Please follow the 'link' for more information on Safer Internet Day