This half term, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been completing a Unit of work on e-safety. We have been following the Scheme of Work written by Google; Be Internet Legends. Within this unit, children have been taught the skills they need to be safe and smart online. The skills that the children have learnt are, to:
- Think critically and evaluate online sources.
- Protect themselves from online threats, including bullies and scams.
- Be sharp about sharing: what, when, and with whom.
- Be kind and respectful towards other people and their privacy.
Some very mature and interesting discussions took place in the classrooms, and some interesting points were raised by the children.
One such discussion, whilst considering social media, and creating a positive digital footprint, was that children spoke about parents and carers putting photographs of them online. Some children loved this, however, others found it embarrassing and didn’t want their photograph to appear on the internet. As the Summer holidays are upon us and we become ‘snap happy’, it might be worth being mindful of this.
Many of you will be aware that a popular game at the moment is Fornite. Please be aware, that the recommended age for playing this game is 12 years old, and that there are concerns regarding children being contacted by strangers. Research from NSPCC and O2, of 2,059 children and young people aged 11-18, reveals that that one in four children have been contacted online by someone they don’t know. Read the full article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43988210
Find more information and advice about Fortnite here https://parentzone.org.uk/article/fortnite-everything-you-need-know-about-online-game
If you are concerned with how much time your child is spending on You Tube, or have concerns over the content they might be viewing, you may find the following newsletter article (provided by a leading County advisor on e-safety) useful: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/DITTO-Ed-13-June-2018-compressed.pdf