Online Safety – 10/05/22 – BeReal

BeReal is a social media app that has recently grown in popularity amongst teens and children. Every day at a different time, the app alerts users that it’s time to take a photo of what they are doing in the moment. The user then loads the photo and can decide whether they share it with […]

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Online Safety – 05/05/22 Age Ratings

Age ratings are useful to help you decide what is appropriate for your child.  It is important to remember that apps and games are rated differently to films and there is lots more to consider. Apps stores have classification systems but there are also developer’s recommendations and PEGI ratings and often, not all of these match […]

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Online Safety – 25/04/22 Gaming

Children currently enjoy a range of games online that are safe and age appropriate. There are however, some things to be aware of that children could encounter when simply seeking information or guidance on these games. Modding- People can create mods which are their own versions of existing, popular games. Sometimes these are harmless but […]

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Online Safety 29/3/22 Roblox

Roblox is a ppoluar platform used by many children. On this, they can create, access and play games. It is important to remember, that whilst the content is aimed at children, there is a public forum on Roblox, meaning children and young people could potentially be exposed to strangers and inappropriate content. Children can stay […]

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Year 4 – Hour Of Coding

Year 4 have participated in an ‘hour of code tutorials’ lead by Minecraft every day this week. The children have learnt how to code correctly in a variety of interesting and challenging tasks. Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the process and feel they have built upon their coding skills which will continue to support them with […]

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Online content about the war in Ukraine

Whilst digital platforms have been extremely useful for us to gather information and learn more about what is happening in the world, there are also many things that could cause worry and upset for children. Children who may simply be seeking facts could come across content that is harmful and sometimes not even true. Often […]

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Online Safety 08/03/22 – YouTube Guide/Hack Videos

It has come to our attention during online safety lessons, that some children are watching videos on YouTube that pose as offering hacks and guides to games such as Minecraft. Occasionally these videos actually contain harmful and threatening content as well as or instead of the hacks. Bear in mind that, as with everything on […]

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Online Safety 01/03/22 – Wink

Wink is an app that launched in 2020 that provides a platform for children to make new snap (Snapchat) friends by swiping left and right on strangers’ images. It functions in a similar way to Hoop. Whilst the app requires a minimum age of 13, it has no stringent age verification checks meaning younger children […]

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Online Safety – Expiring Content

Expiring content is content that disappears after it has been viewed once or after a certain amount of time. This content can be in the form of stories such as on Snapchat or Instagram, which involves posting a photo or video that usually expires after 24 hours and all followers of that person can see. […]

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