Keeping your child safe on-line.
Children go online to connect with friends and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat and to play games. E-safety is an important part of our school curriculum, but most of children’s internet usage takes place outside of school hours. Parents often have concerns about ensuring that their child is safe on-line and we hope that the following information is useful:
We understand that you can’t always be there, but we strongly recommend that children use their devices in a public space, so that a trusted adult is always nearby. Allowing children to access phones and i-pads alone in their bedrooms is not advisable.
Apps and social media sites have age recommendations for a reason. Children below the recommended ages simply don’t have the emotional maturity to cope when things go wrong. As adults we understand that it is much easier to upset people on-line and have the resilience and maturity to bear this in mind.
Children don’t, and the implications on their self-esteem and their friendships can be significant. We often see the repercussions of ill-advised interactions in school.
Safe and trusted adults in the real world
Encourage children to identify safe and trusted adults in the real world. Reinforce with them that they shouldn’t be following instructions given to then by anyone online without discussing it with you first.
Live streaming is extremely popular amongst young people, but it has its own risks. Children’s inhibitions are significantly reduced online, which means they may well engage in behaviour that they would never consider in the ‘real world’. Live streaming is ‘in the moment’ and children often act on impulse without thinking about the possible consequences. This means that they may post things that they wouldn’t normally or respond to requests differently.
Games also have age ratings for a reason. The ratings may be related to both the content and the communication channels available to players