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Parents and E-safety

 

 

At Meadgate Primary School we place great emphasis on e-safety and keeping our children safe when they are on-line.  We take this very seriously!  As well as being most obviously featured in our computing curriculum, it forms part of every interaction we have with technology – which at Meadgate is extensive.  Our curriculum includes regular sessions and assemblies through which we teach children the necessary tools to become discerning consumers of digital content. We help them understand that their digital activity forms a footprint that follows them throughout their lives and is searchable by others.

 

In school, we try to keep up to date with the rapid pace of change in this digital world, and it isn't easy. There is also a need for awareness outside of school where the access to technology is potentially less structured or filtered.  We know that it can be very difficult for parents to be informed of the latest sites and issues that may affect their child when working on-line. With this in mind, through regular updates, digital parenting publications, bulletins and this e-safety page, we hope to point parents to useful sites and important information which will help them keep informed and more importantly understand the risks to children  on-line.

 

 

 Our tops e-safety tips for parents at Meadgate

 

  1. Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
  2. Be involved in your child’s online life. If they love an on-line game, or site, explore it with them so you can chat about it together and, most importantly, understand how it works.
  3. Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. The Digital Parenting magazine we send out is really helpful and suggests what on-line activity is age appropriate.
  4. Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
  5. Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are.
  6. Know what connects to the internet in your house and how. You may not be aware that games consoles etc. have on-line capability.
  7. Watch Thinkuknow films to learn more.
  8. Get the technology out of the bedroom!  This will also help promote a good nights sleep.
  9. PEGI ratings advise which games are appropriate for which age: they protect children from extreme scenes in many cases, so TAKE NOTICE of them.
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Of course, if you have any concerns about the safety of any pupils at the school, you can alert us by contacting the school and asking for one of the designated child protection officers.

7 Steps for Good Digital Parenting

 

It can be very difficult for parents to keep up to date with the on-line world, especially at the same speed as the children.  As parents ourselves, the staff at school are facing similar challenges.  This is made more difficult by the fact that we are the first generation of parents to be dealing with these issues.  Our own parents may be the ones we learnt our parenting skills from, but they did not have to deal with such wide ranging on-line issues (especially those of us who are older), so we have no role models to draw our experiences from.

These handy tips from Good Digital Parenting offer some easy to follow ideas for parents who need guidance in understating what their children are engaged in on-line and helping them make healthy on-line choices.  We hope you find them useful.

7 Steps for Good Digital Parenting

Introducing 'SnapMaps'

 

Please have a look at the guide released by Childnet International relating to a new feature launched by Snapchat.  We are aware that some of our older children use this app and are keen to ensure that parents are aware of the new content.  Click here for all the details.

The UKSIC Parent's Guide to Technology

 

A helpful guide to support parents setting up parent controls on family gadets. Click here

The UKSIC Digital Footprint Checklist

 

Take a look at the digital footprint  checklist to ensure that your presence on-line is a positive one. Click here

PEGI Ratings for computer games

 

PEGI ratings give a great indication of the content and suitability of computer games and it is always wise to check before allowing your child to play.  You can also clearly see the level of violence, bad language, gambling etc. present. Follow the link, by clicking the image below,  for more detailed information.

 

 

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Cybersense is a new app designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children to ensure they make sensible choices about their on-line activities.

The app is aimed at children aged between 8 and 10 and covers many aspects of e-safety including cyber bullying and sharing content on-line.

 

Fun quizzes help to make the discussions lighter and time can be earned towards a game which parents and children can play together reinforcing the messages.

 

Common Sense Media

 

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. 

 

Last year, all parents received a copy of the Vodaphone Digital Parenting magazine.  This is a really useful starting point for parents who are interested in learning how they can take steps to keep their children safe on-line.  It contains a wealth of useful and important information including:

 

  • Setting up controls for smartphones, search engines and social media.
  • Why you should think twice before sending a risky selfie.
  • Advice on online bullying, stranger danger, in-app purchases and lots more.

 

If you are new to our school, or have mislaid your copy, you can read it on-line by clicking the image above.

 

 

ThinkUKnow is an informative site from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) containing lots of valuable information and advice, designed especially for parents and carers around keeping their children safe on-line.

 

The parent sections answers questions such as:

 

What is my child doing on-line?

How do I talk to my child about what they are doing on-line?

What risks might my child face?

What tools are there to keep my child safe?

 

Most experts believe that being able to have trusting and open conversations with children about their on-line activities is the best way to find out what they like to do on-line and help them understand how they can keep themselves safe.

 

Net Aware is an information site aimed at parents of 8-12 year olds, containing the basic facts about the social networks, apps or games with an interactive element that children use most frequently.  The site aims 'to encourage parents to look for themselves and form their own views about the appropriateness of popular sites, and to give parents the confidence to facilitate balanced and informed conversations about what their children are doing online.'