Online Safety – 12/06/24 – Fortnite

Fortnite has gained immense popularity among primary-aged children, but it is crucial for parents to be aware of the associated risks. As of November 2023, Fortnite holds a PEGI rating of 12, indicating content suitable for children aged 12 and above. However, it is worth noting that variations such as Lego Fortnite may carry different […]

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Online Safety – 17/05/24– Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not something new; we have been using AI for many years, often without realising. It started with pattern recognition, such as predictive text or algorithms showing us content we might be interested on Instagram. ‘Generative AI’ is what we have seen a recent rise in use of, with platforms such as […]

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Online Safety – 10/05/24– App Safety

  If you are ever feeling unsure about whether an app is suitable for your child, there are a number of strategies you can use to find out. If your child already uses the app, you could ask them to show you it and how it works. Alternatively, to check for yourself before giving your […]

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Online Safety – 01/05/24– Strangers Online

On Monday, years 5 and 6 had workshops with the Prevent Coordinator for the Local Authority. In this time, they learnt about online relationships and the potential risks associated with communicating online with people they don’t know in person. It is important that as school staff, parents and carers we support children in managing these […]

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Online Safety – 24/04/24– Ofcom Report

As your child navigates the digital world, it’s crucial to stay informed and involved in their online activities. Recent research from Ofcom, looking into young children’s online worlds, highlights some important points to consider. The research found an increase in younger children using social media platforms and engaging in online gaming, which calls for careful […]

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Online Safety – Reporting Harmful Content

Frequently, harmful and inappropriate online content seen by goes unreported by children. This could be the result of a number of issues such as, the feeling of shame, embarrassment or that they might get into trouble. In some cases, it may go unreported as children do not know what they need to do in order […]

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Online Safety – 20/03/24– TikTok

TikTok remains a popular app amongst young people and despite its age limit of 13+, many children still have a TikTok account. This is enabled by the fact that there are very few checks in place to ensure that users signing up are over the age of 13. While TikTok can be a source of […]

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Online Safety – Be Real

BeReal is a social media app that remains popular amongst young people. 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 friends or everyone. The […]

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Online Safety – 07/03/24 – Positive uses of technology

In this digital age, technology has become an integral part of children’s lives, offering both opportunities and challenges. It’s crucial to ensure that technology is used positively and responsibly. Encouraging open communication about online activities, setting clear guidelines for screen time, and promoting a healthy balance between technology and other activities are essential steps. Additionally, […]

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