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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Parents Online

January 2018

Dear Parents,
It has come to our attention that a number of children in our
junior classes are often coming into school complaining that
they are really tired because they have “been up all night”
playing Fortnite.
Whilst we understand that in reality, this usually means they
have actually been playing until only 9 or 10pm, it is
concerning that not only is this undermining their learning in
class but they are also playing online, unsupervised, often
with unknown opponents.
In the interests of Safeguarding, we would just like to highlight the fact that the game
is rated 12; the language and graphic content is unsuitable for children aged 8 or 9.
Parents might find the following information helpful:
 Fortnite is an online shooter that starts with 100 players and leaves one winner standing.
 The entire point of the game is to kill other players, but the violence is cartoon-like.
 Although the game itself seems pretty harmless, players can talk and type whatever they
want to each other, and bad language is rampant.
 In-app purchases can turn this free game into an expensive habit.
 Short matches and accessible gameplay make the game addictive.
 You can regulate your child's playtime (as well as in-app purchases) via parental controls
on platforms like PS4, Xbox One, Switch and iOS.
 If your child is showing signs of isolation or depression because of the game, seek
professional help.
The internet can provide amazing online entertainment and we certainly wouldn’t want to stop
children from enjoying fun (and sometimes educational!) opportunities. However, can we
kindly remind parents to ensure that they are informed about any material that children are
accessing online, ensure suitable time limits are placed on “screen” time so that the children
do get an appropriate and healthy quantity of sleep as well as other play experiences.
Please do speak with the class teacher if you would like to discuss this further

 

 

eLIM Safer Internet Day Pledge: 
Make your family game plan!

This year's e-Pledge for #SaferInternetDay2019 is now live - support families in making an agreement to help them game safely and positively by making a gameplan.

Our e-Pledge supports this year's Safer Internet Day focus of helping children to make choices when they are online. We have produced a gameplan template for parents to use at home, a covering letter from the school and a poster for the classroom. which schools can pledge to share with the families at their school.

Schools who make the pledge will receive a certificate to display

https://www.somerset.org.uk/sites/edtech/SitePages/e-Safety/e-Pledge%202019.aspx

Digital Wellbeing - Childnet Guidance for Parents

Growing up in the Digital World can be both positive and negative for our children. Technology allows them to connect, share and learn in all sorts of ways. But, as recent research has shown, being online can put pressure on children or expose them to upsetting experiences. 
As adults, it can be difficult to know how to support our children to become healthy, confident users of technology.
So Childnet has produced guidance to support parents in this. It is organised into different age groups from 3-18 year-olds and provides support for parents with children of all ages:
https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/digital-wellbeing

Online Safety for Under-Fives

ThinkUKnow from CEOP have recently published new guidance for keeping under-fives safe online. The article explores the benefits of online access for this age group as well as providing advice for ensuring their internet use is as safe and healthy as possible.

The eLIM team always advise building good online habits with children at an early age. Our 'Building Good Habits' poster can be downloaded from :http://bit.ly/eLIMBuildingHabits  

Read the CEOP article at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online 

Screen Time Advice

Earlier this month, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health  published new screen time guidance.

The guidance advocates supporting parents to make informed decisions to 'adjust the amount of time spent on screens by all members of the family, depending on what’s important to them and their child.'

Questions suggested to support parents include:

  • Is your family’s screen time under control?
  • Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do?
  • Does screen use interfere with sleep?
  • Are you able to control snacking during screen time use?

They also emphasise the expert recommendation that all screens are avoided in the hour before bedtime and that the risk to wellbeing comes when screen time displaces other activities, such as socialising, exercise and sleep.

Their message is that 'There is not enough evidence to confirm that screen time is in itself harmful to child health at any age, making it impossible to recommend age appropriate time limits.'

Read the guidance and find downloadable guidance for parents at:

https://somersetelim.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2ffddbefda06354a51a264e68&id=52e8b2a1cb&e=91630946ed

 

 

 

 

October 2018

Family Gaming
(including a special offer!)
 

As Christmas approaches, many people will be considering games consoles and video games as gifts but it can be difficult to know which games are suitable for children. Christmas can be a fantastic time to start playing games together and to show children that you are interested in the games they enjoy. A great source of advice for Family Gaming is Andy Robertson, a writer and vlogger who has years of experience covering Family Gaming for national newspapers, TV and radio. His YouTube channel, FamilyGamerTV,  posts regular videos to guide families on the best video games for families. 

 

Special offer!
Andy has written a book, called Taming Gaming:'A light-hearted, informative guide to what screen-time, gaming and gadgets are doing to children, for parents who’d rather lock it all in a cupboard.'  Readers of this letter can get an exclusive 10% discount on pre-orders of the book using the promo code: SchoolSafeGaming and can also have their name printed in every copy as a supporter of the book.
Just visit: https://unbound.com/books/taming-gaming to order your copy.

 

 

ICT update September 2018
September is a demanding time of year for families as children get used to being back at school; making new friends, and experiencing the challenges of a new year group. As a child's world expands, so does their 'digital social circle' (relationships they make with others online and in the real world).
To support families, Internet Matters are promoting their back-to-school guides for parents. For more information, visit their website: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/back-to-school-online-safety-guides

Musical.ly update
Musical.ly is a popular live streaming app amongst children and teenagers, with over 200 million users worldwide. The app has also hit the headlines, with concerns over adults using it to inappropriately contact children. Recently, Musical.ly has been taken over by a different company and is now called 'TikTok'. It remains important to remind children about security settings.  They also need to think carefully about the information they are providing.  'Tik Tok' asks users for their Instagram ID to add to their profile which makes it easier for someone to find other accounts they have.

A useful to guide to the change can be found on Wayne Denner's website: 
https://www.waynedenner.com/blog/popular-app-musical-ly-has-changed-its-name

 

Latest trends: Twitch

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Twitch is a live streaming video site owned by Amazon, mostly used to watch other people playing popular games. It can be exciting and fast-moving, but some concerns have been raised about children viewing or hearing inappropriate content, and the commercial promotions on the site,

A guide to the app, with useful comments from children and parents, can be found at: 
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/twitch

Details of parent controls settings are provided by Internet Matters.
 

https://parentzone.org.uk/home

This online magazine is FREE to sign up to and has lots of good advice and top tips for you to support your child/children with Online Safety.

 

Online Safety Tips for Parents

Please be aware: Seemingly innocent videos, featuring children's favourites Peppa Pig and Elsa, show disturbing and violent scenes which are inappropriate and frightening for young children.

Click here to download a parent factsheet to help protect children against online videos that are slipping through the net.