Online Safety for our Children

February 26, 2017

 

 

How could we live without our smartphones, laptops, and other devices that allow us to go online? That's how most of us keep in touch with friends and family, take pictures, do our homework, do research, find out the latest news, and even shop.

 

Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February. At St Giles School, as part of each half term’s ICT lessons, at least one ICT Lesson is dedicated to online safety. Children play Xbox, have tablets, ipads, laptops, Smart Phones and download apps.

 

We have very open discussions about what we all do online in school during these lessons. Here we have put information to start the discussion about online safety.

 

Xbox and Consoles

Some of our children play Xbox online and so parents and carers you need to know who is connecting with your children. An Xbox session, playing online games can be great fun playing with real life friends but the language of a group of 20 year olds playing FIFA isn’t an appropriate online environment for a child.

Do you really know who is joining your children while they are playing on their Xbox?

How a parent can change the privacy and online safety settings for a child account on the Xbox

Limiting access for children Playstation 4

 

 

Social Media

Social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat require account holders to be at least 13 years-old. In the real world we know our children have these accounts but we also know the privacy settings on their accounts aren’t always secure and private. After talking about this in the Upper Juniors one child asked if we could show them how to make their Facebook account private. That particular account was open for the whole world to see.

It's easy enough for a child to lie when signing up for Facebook etc, and proof of ID is rarely sought. One child had set up an online profile and said they had said they were 32. They hadn’t realised that if they had lied about their age other people connecting with them may be lying too and perhaps for more sinister reasons.

Parents’ guide to the latest social media and instant messaging trends