As a school, we do all we can to keep children safe whilst using the internet, and through our curriculum we give them knowledge and skills to help keep themselves safe and build digital resilience. However, we cannot do it without your support at home too, we really appreciate you working with us and reinforcing these messages and skills at home.
We all want the best for children and it's really important that children are protected from unsuitable online content The digital world became a huge part of our lives during the lockdowns and it is important to acknowledge how many positives there are to our digital lives but it is also important to have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities.
It is important to monitor how much time your child spends on digital devices and a good idea to set up a timetable/rota to clearly identify where your child is allowed screen time. Where possible, ensure that your child remains in the room with you at all times, during their allocated screen time, then you are aware of what your child is accessing and have relevant parental controls or protection in place on PCs, laptops, phones and tablets and also on streaming services on TV and games consoles.
Age Limits on Apps & Games
We strongly recommend that you adhere to the age restrictions on games, social media apps and sites. Here are some of the popular ones for quick reference:
There is a reason for these age limits and it is always better to wait until the required age to access these sites/games. Children risk being exposed to content which is intended for older users when they use sites that are not designed for people their age and any adverts that pop up are also age-related to the game/app. For any game where contact is made with others, please remember that your child can be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant messages and content and privacy settings are essential, making sure your child isn't sharing more information than they intend to.