E/Online Safety for Parents and Carers

The internet is a crucial part of our lives and it’s an important tool in supporting teaching and learning. E/online safety is our top priority.

Throughout the school year, pupils receive age appropriate advice and guidance about keeping themselves safe on line.

Clear restrictions are in place on the material pupils can access while in school and we encourage pupils to report any online activity which may make them feel vulnerable or unsafe. Further information on our approach to E safety can be found in our Acceptable Use Policy on EVAT’s Policies and Procedures page.

If you are concerned about your child’s online safety, you can contact Peter Algie (Lead Practitioner on palgie@educationvillage.org.uk

You can also access further information on keeping your child safe online via the following websites:

Latest E-safety updates

This page will be regularly updated with hints and tips on how to keep your child safer on the Internet and when using APPS and playing games.

Poppy’s Playground

This is seemingly becoming an increasingly popular game with our children. The games is rated as a PEGI 12 and it has been reported that many children are frightened by it. The game itself is a scary experience and is designed to thrill and unsettle. Please, as always, be aware of what your child is watching and playing online.

Squid Game

Netflix’s Squid Game is set to become the streaming service’s most successful show of all time, with huge numbers of viewers taking to social media to discuss each new episode. The South Korean thriller features some scenes of fairly brutal violence and is rated 15 by the BBFC. It follows a group of adults who compete to win innocent-looking playground games, but who are killed if they do not succeed at the tasks.

An unexpected success in terms of viewing figures, Squid Game’s popularity is beginning to spread across various online platforms. There has been a slew of content created – ranging from memes to apps – that convey the violence of the show, so it is important for parents, carers and educators to understand the basis of Squid Game and the potential risks to young people who might be exposed to it.

Click here to access more information on how to protect your child.

Netflix safety guide

Netflix is one of the world’s leading online streaming services, providing users with unlimited access to a huge selection of content. It’s becoming increasingly popular with a younger audience so we have shared this guide to help parents keep children safe whilst using the service.

Click here to view the guide: Netflix Parent Guide

Console safety

Gaming is booming this year thanks to COVID-19 lockdowns and with both PlayStation and Xbox releasing new consoles and we expect some children will be looking forward to playing with their new consoles and games.  Along with all that fun and excitement however can come a few risks which is why we think it’s a good idea that parents and carers set up the console’s before gifting them, with a child’s account and parental controls.

With that in mind we have put together some handy links for families on setting parental controls and creating a child’s account on a new console.

Link to information on how to set up child account and parental controls on all Xbox consoles –

https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/community/for-everyone/

Link for the new Xbox app which lets you control your child’s Xbox via your own mobile phone. You can set time limits and set age restrictions –

https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/apps/family-settings-ap…

Link to information on how to set parental controls on PlayStation consoles –

https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/support/account/…

Follow the link and download the Nintendo Switch parental control app and set time limits and age restrictions via your own mobile phone-

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-Switch-Family/…

Our personal favourite site for setting parental controls on all things tech related from game’s consoles to mobile phones and tablets with easy to follow step by step picture guides – https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

A new parental guide to Fortnite

Fortnite continues to be a very popular game with some of our children. Click on the link to view a guide for parents on how to set controls to help keep your child safe whilst playing. Click here to download.

Gaming Advice Hub

Click on the link below to access the internetmatters.org Gaming Advice Hub. This is the place you’ll get expert tips on gaming to support your child.
Gaming Advice Hub

How to make my child’s console safer for them to use!

Click on the links below for guides on how to set parental controls on your child’s games console. It is so important to make sure we are all doing as much as we can to protect our children whilst they are online.

XBOX ONE parental controls guide
Playstation 4 parental controls guide
Nintendo Switch parental controls guide

Information on the latest games this Christmas!

Find out the lowdown on some of the most popular games in the shops this Christmas and whether they are suitable for your child. Click on the link below for the information.
Information for parents on popular Xmas games 2019

TikTok – everything you need to know about the video production app

TikTok guide – click here!

MoMo

Click on the link below to read updated guidance on the MoMo game.

Update for parents on the game MoMo

Click on the link below to view a poster which gives further guidance for parents on MoMo.

Parental poster on MoMo

Jeffy

Click on the link below to read about the YouTube character Jeffy and discover why your child shouldn’t be watching the videos.

Information for parents on the character Jeffy

Monkey App

Click on the link below for information on the Monkey app – an app which allows users to chat to complete strangers.

Information for parents on the app Monkey

Updated information on Fortnite

Click on the document below for some updated information on the game Fortnite.
Information update for parents on Fortnite

Social Media Guidance for parents and carers

Click on the document below for a practical guide on how to help keep your child safe when using social media.

Social Media Guidance for parents and carers

MoMo Game

Please click on the link below to read advice about MoMo Game.

Information for parents on the game MoMo

Twitch and Omegle

Please click on the link below for advice on Twitch and Omegle

Information for parents on Twitch and Omegle

Additional information for parents on Twitch

Doki Doki

Doki Doki is a Japanese style horror/dating game that is becoming popular. This game isn’t suitable for children and contains graphic scenes that children shouldn’t be exposed to. There is also a lot of footage on YouTube of people playing the game, again which isn’t suitable for children. Please click on the link below for some more detailed information and guidance.

Information for parents on the game Doki Doki

Fortnite

Fortnite is an incredibly popular game at the moment. It is actually a PEGI12 game meaning it isn’t regarded as suitable for children under 12 years of age.

Click here for a detailed parental guide on Fortnite.

Calculator% App

This app has been in the news recently as it allows users to hide videos and photographs on a device meaning you, as parents, can’t always see what content they have on their phone or tablet. Click here for some key information.

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