Keeping your Child Safe Online
DOWNLOAD HECTOR PROTECTOR WORLD SAFETY BUTTON!
We are in the process of installing Hector Protector on all of our online machines.The Hector’s World Safety Button™ is a child-activated safety tool which children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them.
The Hector’s World Safety Button is a simple executable file which you can download here for free!
The file installs a swimming Hector’s World™ character on the computer screen A child can just click on Hector character, who then covers the screen with a beautiful underwater scene and gives the child a positive written message, while encouraging them to get adult help.
These buttons install and uninstall very easily. Which version you use will depend on your operating system and the capacity of your computer. The children will be taught to use Hector Protector and there are links to activities on the ThinkUKnow website which are part of our E-Safety scheme of work (which can be found under the E-Safety tab on this website).
OUR RESPONSE TO YOUR FEEDBACK
As a safeguarding school, we hold the safety of all our children of paramount importance.
Please help us to keep your child safe on line at home.
Having recently conducted a Parent Survey around E-Safety (September 2018), we are aware of the needs for support with Online Safety and protecting your children online.
Please remember sites such as Fortnite have a recommended age restriction of 12.
Similarly the NSPCC can offer expert advice.
They have also teamed up with O2. If you take ANY device into one of their stores they will set up the appropriate controls for you – you do not have to be an O2 Customer!
Here's an interesting article on Digital Addiction that you may be interested in.
Many of you stated that you were unaware of this.
PEGI provides advice regarding the age suitability of a game. However, every child is different. Ultimately parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or experiencing:
- Always look for the age classification on the game package or in the digital store.
- Try to look for a summary or review of the game. Ideally, play the game yourself or...
- ...play video games with your children, it's the best way to learn about them. Watch over your kids when they play and talk with them about the games they play. Explain why certain games may not be suitable.
- Agree on the amount of time that can be spent playing games per week.
- Encourage your children to take regular breaks.
- Be aware that games can enable the purchase of additional downloadable content.
- Online games are played in virtual communities allowing players to interact with unknown fellow players. Tell your children not to give out personal details and report inappropriate behaviour.
- Set limits (age, time, spending, online access) by using parental control tools.
The PEGI website has an excellent online search tool for you to access the rating for the games your children play on.
Results also showed us that parents were unaware of Internet Trolls
The BBC have produced an adult and child friendly guide.
In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.
We have added some information material below for you as parents/carers but if you would like further help or guidance please do speak to Ms Simmonds or Miss Farr.