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Online Safety

 

Online-safety continues to be a key priority for our school. With more pupils than ever gaining access to technology, and at an ever-earlier age, we want to work in partnership with our families and community to ensure children are using it in a safe, positive and responsible manner. 

Technology provides new learning opportunities – online collaboration, anytime anywhere learning and communication – but at the same time can provide additional opportunities for pupils to access material they should not, or be treated by others inappropriately. Our curriculum has a clear focus on online safety and shows pupils how to protect themselves from harm, particularly concerning cyber-bullying and dealing with strangers online. 

 

At Forestdale we understand a range of factors keep children safe online:

 

All breaches of online safety must be reported immediately to either the class teacher, the head teacher or the online safety officer safeguarding@forestdale.croydon.sch.uk.

Any illegal online activity must be reported to the police at ceop (the national crime agency's child protection command) www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

 

 

 

We regularly send out letters to inform parents about any or inappropriate sites or new technologies which may be on our children’s radar. The following are few we know our children have been using that are either not age appropriate, connect to online communities or they have potential links to other inappropriate apps or sites:

 

 

Minimum age 13

 

Musical.ly is a social network for sharing user-generated music videos. Users can upload their own own lip-syncing videos, remix others' work, or browse content created by other users.

 

 

 

Minimum age 13

 

YouTube is a video sharing website and app that allows users to share, view and upload videos.

 

 

 

What’s App 

 

Minimum Age 16

 

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app which lets you send messages, images and videos in one to one and group chats with your contacts. You can choose to share your live location for up to eight hours with one contact or a group.

 

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/

 

 

Fortnight

 

 

Fortnight is an online game, where players Vs players (PVP) in combat. This is a free game. Users play against people of different ages from across the world, and can talk and interact with each other as they play through the in-game chat feature.

 

Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the following: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’.

 

 

 

 Roblox

 

 

Roblox is a gaming platform where you can create your own games or play games that other users have made. There is also the option to chat to other players, but this can be disabled.

 

The PEGI’s rating is 12+ for the following: ‘Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence’.

 

 

 

Granny

 

 

Parents need to know that Granny is a free-to-play indie horror game with grotesque art, blood, and jump scares that are too intense for young children.

 

PGEI’s rating is 12+ for the following: ‘Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence’.

 

 

 

Grand Theft Auto

 

 

Grand Theft Auto is an open world crime game that follows the story of different criminals. In terms of mature content, Grand Theft Auto packs in adult material from the very beginning.

 

In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Grand Theft Auto V 18+ for “extreme violence; multiple, motiveless killing; violence towards defenceless people; and strong language”.

 

 

 

4th September 2018- Surrey Police published this information to make parents aware of apps their children may be using:

 

 

Keeping Children Safe online:

The NSPCC has advice on how to keep your children safe online:

 

 

 

For further information, please visit:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/