It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about online-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box and PS4), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things.
There are several elements to online-safety that we teach at Lancasterian:
- How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn’t
- How to keep ourselves safe – keeping our details private and keeping our data secure
- How to behave when using technology – being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This strand also links with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology – not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.
Vodafone produce both an online Digital Parenting Magazine which is full of very useful information and digital safety advice –click here.
You will have been asked to fill out our ‘acceptable use policy’ when your child started in September. This details some of the ways in which we encourage children to behave, and outlines our rules for safe use of technology. We also ask your permission for the use of photos and video on the website and in other places.
We have listed guides below that you will hopefully find useful:
In what must be the largest survey of its kind, LGfL have now published the results of the online safety survey many local schools completed. https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/hopesandstreams
Here are some key results.
One in 10 pupils using video chat have been asked to change or undress, 1:20 through Livestreaming. 1 in 6 have seen something that encourages them to self-harm. 2 out of 5 pupils have not told someone about the worse thing they have seen online – which includes extreme porn, violence and cruelty to animals. It’s great to see that 73% trust their parents’ opinion but unfortunately only 56% have talked to their parents about their online experience in last year.
Six top tips for parents:
- Don't ban Fortnite (or any other game) because a newspaper headline said it's evil; at the same time, don't allow it because a friend said it's fine. Have a look and decide yourself (get your child to show you, or play together if you're feeling brave). If you're happy, fine; if not, it doesn't matter whether "everyone else is playing it".
- Fortnite's PEGI age rating is 12 ( = appropriate age, NOT skill level).
- Games don't go on for hours, but average 20-30 minutes. So if your child says they need hours and hours, they're wrong...
- One of the best ways to keep children safe on games is to know what they are doing, so if you allow it, get them to play near you with the sound on (no headphones so you can hear the other players' comments)
- When you start, there's a 'Privacy' button - choose between Public (anyone in the world) / Friends / Private (invite only). It's easy to change. Make sure you have made the decision.
- The game is free, but there are lots of in-app purchases. Is your credit card attached to the account/device? Worth checking if your child could buy the £79 10,00 V-Bucks + 3,500 Bonus pack at a click. Click on a cheap one to see if there is a payment method attached.
Everything you need to know
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