Online Safety at Home
What is Appropriate for a Lower School Child?
Every year, teachers are surprised by what we learn about pupils' gaming and device habits. Unfortunately, we are surprised how few children have restrictions on their devices. Make sure you use parental controls and review their device settings regularly.
These guidelines are not just for keeping your child safe from online harm but also to help them keep a healthy balance between their digital and real-world life.
- Ensure children can't download ANY games or apps themselves and prevent in-app purchases
- Disable or restrict web browsers (block social media pages)
- Remove or disable inappropriate apps (including Facebook, YouTube and other social media apps)
- Set strict privacy settings with location disabled
- Be strict with age-ratings on apps and games
- Set time limits on device use (you can do this on the device settings)
- Keep devices out of bedrooms (especially overnight)
- Children should ask before they use a device and explain what they want to use it for
- Children should use a device with an adult in the room
- Have regular conversations about what to do if something happens that makes your child feel uncomfortable, worried or upset whilst using a device
Parental controls allow you to:
- restrict device time (on some devices this can be a daily limit or times when the device cannot be used)
- prevent new apps/games being downloaded
- prevent purchases
- hide or remove specific apps (e.g., a web browser)
- specify age-ratings for apps and games
- prevent contact and friend requests from strangers (games consoles)
Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Report Harmful Content https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
NSPCC Net Aware https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Ask About Games https://www.askaboutgames.com/
PEGI Game Age Ratings and descriptors https://pegi.info/
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