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Here at St Michael’s we encourage and promote the use of technology inside and outside of school. However, we are aware that there can be many risks associated with its use.  We educate our children on the safe and responsible use of technology in lessons, clubs and at home.
 

Safeguarding Team

Alyson Rigby Headteacher
Nicola Birch Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kelly Nuttall Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Meg Buckley Safeguarding Governor

 

Supported by Tom Ferry - IT Co-ordinator 

Is TikTok Safe for Kids? - Parent Guide

TikTok is now one of the top most downloaded apps in the world. The make-your-own music video app is incredibly popular among teens. But as the number of users increases, there is a growing list of safety concerns and privacy issues with the popular social media platform.

Balancing screen time: Mum shares her top tips - Internet Matters

Tech Talk Information/Resources

(session held in school for parents/carers on 14/12/18)  

 

 

Parental Controls

Children are gaining access to and owning their own devices from a ever younger age. Devices can be great for learning and development, however parents should be aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn’t when online.

Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself. Below there are videos explaining the complete process of creating parental restrictions on various devices. If there is any devices missing, a more extensive list of videos can be found at link below.

Netflix parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on Netflix. Netflix Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to content of varying maturity levels. You can create individual profiles with different control levels suitable for Little Kids, Older Kids, Teens and adults.

Nintendo 3DS parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on Nintendo 3DS. Through the use of a Parental Controls PIN you can tailor/restrict a number of things like Internet Browsing and Friend Registration.

Nintendo Wii U parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on Nintendo Wii U.The WiiU Parental Controls allow you to set restrictions for each family member, giving control over what games can be played or downloaded and how your children can search and interact online.

Xbox One parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on OneX. Parental Controls for Xbox One can be set for each of your children's individual profiles, allowing you to prevent unauthorised purchases, ensuring your children only access age appropriate content and restrict the ability to chat to strangers online.

PlayStation 4 parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on PlayStation 4. The PS4 parental controls allow you to restrict games and applications that have mature content.

Apple iPad parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls ontan iOS Tabler. You can use restrictions, also known as parental controls, to block or limit specific apps and features on an iPad.

Apple iPhone parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on an iOS Mobile. You can use restrictions, also known as parental controls, to block or limit specific apps and features on your iPhone.

Keeping safe online

Being online can be so much fun, whether it is connecting with friends or playing a game! However, the internet can also have dangers and being aware of these can help be safe online.

Android Tablet parental controls step-by-step guide | Internet Matters

Watch the video to get quick tips on how to manage parental controls on Android Tablet. Creating restricted profiles limits the access your children have and content on your Android Tablet and restrict in-app purchasing.

Stop Speak Support

Not sure what to do when you see online bullying taking place? We have created steps that you can take to help tackle cyberbullying. Remember #StopSpeakSupport Find out more at www.stopspeaksupport.com

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-

Setting parental controls on Fornite Battle Royale | Internet Matters

Concerned about how to keep your child safe on Fortnite? Watch the video for tips on how to set up parental control to make sure your child has a safer experience. For more support visit: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/fortnite-battle-royal-parents-guide-keep-kids-safe-gaming/ This video features our parents vlogger Adele Jennings from http://ourfamilylife.co.uk/

Be Share Aware - Safety advice from a 10 year old - NSPCC & O2

Teach your child to Be Share Aware. Sharing in real life is great but kids need our help to stay safe online. NSPCC and O2 can help with a step-by-step advice. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2qXL0IF

Lucy and the Boy: Be Share Aware - NSPCC

Be Share Aware. We tell our children it's good to share - but online it's different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous. That's why we're asking parents to be Share Aware - and keep children safe online. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1tPXBVj

Safe Search Engines for Children

 

With no search engine being completely safe here are some useful links to sites that allow 'safer' searching.

 
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Useful Links for Parents

 

To be successful in keeping children safe online, we need to work with parents to improve safety online at home. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Here are some useful links to help keep your children safe online.

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Questions and Answers

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