Miss Cuthbert recently held an assembly about E-safety for the whole school which covered a range of safety issues for our pupils. The main message of the assembly was how to stay safe on the internet and it also included information about how to stay safe with various games and apps.
For this assembly Miss Cuthbert carried out some research with pupils to find out the most popular apps and games that our pupils are using. The most popular apps and games were:
As parents, and often as teachers, it is difficult working out which games or sites pupils are currently accessing and if there are any risks associated with playing those games. Pupils come in talking about how they are playing Fifa 17, or Roblox or Minecraft and how they can interact with other or play against themselves. The main message from the assembly was to reinforce the fact the the most important thing you can do while playing these games is to be aware of the settings for the games and who you are communicating with. If you are communicating with others, you must make sure your parents know about this.
To help parents develop a better understanding of how these games and apps work and the potential risk they pose to pupils, Miss Cuthbert has prepared a number of links to help inform parents about how to keep their children safe using these resources, how to change the settings and how you can become much more aware of what your children are doing on the internet.
Parent information links on the following apps
Linked to Youtube is Vlogging, this is the new trend where children share videos either that them or friends have created http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-vlogging-what-you-need-to-know
Snapchat – http://parentinfo.org/article/snapchat-faqs
Instagram – http://parentinfo.org/article/instagram-faqs
As well as these links to specific games and apps there is also a very useful resource for parents providing a range of information about general internet safety.
If you have any questions about internet safety or you wish to find out more about how our school keep your children safe on the internet, please contact a member of staff.