Online Safety for Parents and Children

Children at Etwall Primary School use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have an Online Safety Week and regular Online Safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.  

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

On this page we have gathered a number of videos and links to other websites to help you successfully navigate through the ever changing face of the internet. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We would be only too pleased to give you any help or advice about keeping you and your children safe whilst online.

 

 

 

Are the apps and games that your children playing age appropriate?
 
During our Online Safety work, it has come to our attention that many of our children are playing games and apps, that might not be appropriate for their age, for example 'Roblox' and 'Call of Duty'.
 
Below is a link to a fantastic website, that give you advice on the games and apps, that your children might be playing so that you can make an informed decision.
Roblox

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Parents need to know that Roblox is a game-creation site where users design and upload their own games, as well as play other games in a multiplayer environment. Some of the gameplay is advanced, and many games include weapons. The site offers a safe-chat mode for those under 13, as well as a parent login that lets you oversee your child's use of the site. There have been reports of users thwarting the chat and exchanging inappropriate/predatory messages with young players; although we haven't encountered that directly during our extensive use of the site, parents may still want to be wary when their kids are using the site or connecting with people they've just met. There are in-game currency items called Robux that you can use to unlock additional items, but you will either earn these slowly or pay for additional cash with real money. They can also sign up for a membership for extra content and can insert in-game ads into their created games, potentially making large sums of money off their unique ideas.

 
Information taken from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/roblox
 

Roblox has a comprehensive parental safety guide for recommendations of how to help keep your children safe when using the app. You can read the apps parental guidelines via this link: