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 Safeguarding Spotlight - online gaming

 

Fortnite is an online video game

where players compete to be the

last man standing in a post- apocalyptic world.

 

 

To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’.

 

What are the concerns?

You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:

  • Communication between players: a chat function allows players to talk to each other either over a headset and microphone, or using messaging. Children could use it to speak to strangers, or it could put them at risk of cyberbullying
  • In-app purchases: players can build up large bills on their parents’ accounts by buying cosmetic items like outfits for your character and better-looking weapons (otherwise known as ‘skins’)
  • Addictive nature of the game: anecdotal stories tell of children staying up all night to play, or falling asleep in lessons after playing for too long. Some commentators attribute this to the communal feel of the game – you can play with your friends – and the game is different every time you play, keeping it fresh.

 

What steps can you take to safeguard your child?

* Do not create a username that could give away any personal details.

* Fortnite offers three levels of privacy settings: Public, - anyone can enter your child’s online party; Friends—where only friends can join a party; and Private—which means that no one can enter your child’s party without being invited by the child themselves.

* Fortnite also allows for Voice-Chat to be disabled.

* Speak to your child about unwanted contact and tell them what to do if someone speaks to them in a nasty or inappropriate way, or asks them for personal information. Ask them to come to you if they are unsure about unwanted contact or have be exposed to something inappropriate.

 

What else can I do?

Further tips

 

  • Download and play the game to help you understand it
  • Talk to your child about what they’re doing online, and make sure they know they can talk to you about anything that has upset them
  • Check your bank statements and gaming system account balance regularly to look for in-app purchases you’re not happy with, and to make sure your child isn’t getting around any passwords you’ve set up


More sources of support

 

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/5-top-tips-to-manage-childrens-screentime/

 

 

  • The NSPCC has also teamed up with O2 to offer advice to parents. You can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or make an appointment with an O2 Guru in an O2 store.
    https://guru.secure.force.com/O2DeskStoreLocator

 

Fortnite – all you need to know: https://parentzone.org.uk/article/fortnite-everythingyou-need-know- about-

 

 

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     We are committed to:

 

 

  • Always acting in the best interests of the child, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon

 

  • Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. This is a shared responsibility within our school and together with all partner agencies.

 

  • Working with partner agencies to safeguard children by adhering to Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures and national guidance, particularly the LSCB responding to needs framework/levels of need guidance. We will contribute to effective holistic assessments of the child and family to ensure better outcomes for children.

 

  • Working in partnership with other agencies to provide early help in keeping with the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE). Schools are well placed to promote early help and undertake early help assessments with other agencies before children’s needs escalate to a point where a statutory referral to Children’s Services is required.

 

  • Providing effective induction of all staff and volunteers, and regular on-going training to ensure all adults can recognise signs and indicators of abuse and harm. Adults working with children are always expected to act in the best interests of the child and understand that, if necessary, anyone can make a referral to Children’s Services.

 

  • Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are adhered to and that we have well understood safeguarding policies and procedures. Our code of conduct for adults will promote safer working practices and a culture of vigilance and challenge.

 

  • Challenging ourselves and multi-agency partners to ensure actions to improve outcomes for children are completed in a timely way.

 

  • Quality assuring our practices and specifically completing any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 safeguarding audit. Governors and school leaders will quality assure all safeguarding practices, including maintaining support and oversight through effective supervision of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding team, their decisions, actions and record keeping.

 

  • Implementing any learning arising from local and national serious case reviews and other reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views and wishes of children, especially when assessing their needs and providing on-going support.

 

  • Providing children with a curriculum which enables them to learn about risk and how to keep themselves safe and maintain happy and healthy relationships. We will provide a listening culture where children have identified adults who they can discuss their concerns with

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Alyson Rigby Headteacher
Nicola Birch Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kevin Ronan Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Meg Buckley Safeguarding Governor

 

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. 

 

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

 

 

 

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

 

Find out what we are doing in Liverpool to protect the children and improve their well being by visiting the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Board web site. http://www.liverpoolscb.org/

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If you have any concerns about a child please contact Mrs Birch

If you have a concern about the welfare of a child call

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