Parents and Carers helpful links and advice.
E-safety is a hugely important issue both in school and at home. In school the sites children are able to access are strictly filtered and their activity on the computers and iPads closely monitored.
We understand that this if more difficult at home and as such offer advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.
Some of these are listed below, but if you require any further information please contact Mrs Whiston or Mrs Rising, our E-safety co-ordinators via the school office.
Top Tips for keeping your children safe online
1. Use the parental safety feature offered by your internet provider. Here you can set time limits, restrict access to sites and specify age limits.
2. Ensure that mobile devices have the safety settings activated
3. Monitor use by checking the history in all internet enabled devices.
4. Don't be fooled by your child telling you they are the 'only' one without a social media page, they are not! Please keep in mind that anything posted on the internet, never fully disappears even after deletion. There are age limits attached to these sites for a reason.
5. PEGI ratings are issued to inform you that the content is unsuitable for children below the age specified. Again don't let your child pressure you into thinking they are the 'only' one without a particular game.
Online Safety Update
Monster Machines App
You may have seen in the national news at the end of last week about an app which has become popular with young children. This letter is aimed at drawing your attention to the dangers of this app.
The Blaze and the Monster Machines app, which is free to download, has a PEGI rating of 3, looks very child friendly and official but it is not!
Once this is downloaded the app will ‘call’ the children and the voice will speak to them nicely initially and then the call turns nasty discussing knives etc. I am sure you will agree that this app is certainly not suitable for young children and we hope that this will help you to continue to keep your children safe.
This is what the app looks like
We suggest that you check your child’s devices and delete this app if they have it. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs Rising via the office and we will be happy to help.
Thank you for your continued support.