Children and young people’s lives have changed dramatically because of the coronavirus. With social distancing measures and most schools facing class closures, children will be spending more time at home and online.
The internet can be a great place for children and young people to learn, explore and play. It is a great tool for staying in touch with friends and family as well as interacting with the world around them. The internet can also be an incredibly inclusive, creative and fulfilling place. However, the virtual online world can be dangerous too and can present great risk of potential harm to our children and young people. It is important that we are aware of how to ensure that our children are safe when online. For our children here at Springwell, that risk is very real. They may not be aware of potential dangers or what to do when they face them.
Now more than ever it’s important to ensure that our children are using the internet safely. It’s important to talk to your child about staying safe online and about the apps and sites they’re using.
Here are some top tips for parents:
- Ensure children are supervised when on the internet – just like we would supervise them outdoors
- Rules that apply in real life should apply on the internet too – language, age limits etc
- Make use of parental controls – most devices should have this
- Use safe searches – there are safe search engines (e.g. swiggle.org or kids-search.com) or safe searches can be enabled
- Check age ratings on apps, films, games and social media – they are a good guide for how suitable something is
- Set routines and limits – providing boundaries and routines is very important for our children. For screen time it is good to establish agreed limits that you can stick to.
- Sleep – blue light from screens and the mental activity from using devices can affect sleep so it’s advisable to avoid screen time near bedtime
Online Safety Guides
- Amazon Alexa
- Gaming Consoles
- Huggy Wuggy
- Online Safety Tips
- Parent Control for Android Apps
- Parental Control for Iphone Apps
- Roblox Guide
- Rocket League Guide
- Social Media Scams
- Steam Guide
- Xbox One
Poppy Playtime -
Our online safety experts have been alerted to a video game, being described by some users as an “introduction to horror.” Videos, versions of the game, and associated material are becoming increasingly popular on YouTube, Roblox, and other platforms used by young children.
Poppy Playtime features frightening images and themes that are paired with child-friendly items. This may be especially upsetting to children who have not yet developed the resilience to deal with disturbing content.
To help parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals better understand these issues, we’ve taken a deeper look at Poppy Playtime and the wider genre it belongs to.
To find out more please visit - Our Safer Schools
UK Safer Internet Centre
Get safe Online
National Safety Online
Reporting Harmful Content
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)