The Digital Family Pledge
Vodafone have created a new online safety resource; The Digital Family Pledge. It is a free online tool to help families (parents included!) set good digital habits. The Pledge covers four important topics: screen time, online bullying, social media and gaming. It uses a series of quiz like questions and prompts families to discuss and agree some rules on how to act and use technology and the internet. The information is tailored towards 5 – 13 year olds. Find the Digital Family Pledge here https://www.vodafone.co.uk/familypledge .
E-Safety Presentation (Safer Internet Day/Week 2020)
Thank you to all parents/carers who came to our E-Safety Presentation with Robert Quigley today. The discussion was super and it was great to hear from him what is relevant to us in the Highlands, as well as nationally and globally. We hope you all took something away. As requested, please find the handout below, along with the information sheets for the top 5 most used apps in Kirkhill.
The useful website Robert showed us for quickly checking apps was https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Youth Perspectives on Expiring Content by Childnet
Safer Internet Day 11th February 2020
E-Safety Presentation with Robert Quigley
When: Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 2pm
Where: School hall
Why: To educate parents/carers about the online world and how to best support your child in navigating around it
More information in the school newsletter, it would be great to see many of you there!
Net Aware – Apps and Games at a Glance
Net-Aware Input the name of any game/app into this website and find out all you need to know, at a glance.
Image below taken from Net-Aware – Snapchat Guide
What is Live Streaming?
Podcasts Relating to Online Safety
BBC Own It app
The BBC have launched a new app (available to Apple and Android users) which can provide support, help and advice for children when using online platforms. BBC Own It
Helping Your Child Deal with Unwanted Contact Online
“There are many benefits to socialising and playing games online — it can be entertaining and educational, while helping to build digital intelligence skills. However, games or apps with a chat function mean your child is likely to be communicating with others online, including strangers.”
Click on the link take you to an article to read more…Helping your child deal with unwanted contact online
Mental Health and Social Media
The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Devices Around the World
An interesting read, although based on the US, relates to us here in the UK too. There is a UK study which you can access if you sign up to Common Sense.
Information on New App ‘Discord’
The social aspect of gaming is hugely important to many children, who will want to keep in touch with other gamers, such as their friends. An app that seems to be increasing in popularity is Discord. This app plugs into lots of other apps (i.e. Twitch, YouTube, Reddit) so potentially information is going to be shared across different platforms. As with many other apps you have to be 13 or over to use it, but surprise surprise there’s no age verification at all in place. For a brief explanation follow the link here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-discord (information taken from Alan Smith – E-safety Adviser weekly email)
An interesting clip explaining the reasoning behind PEGI ratings and how to find games more suitable for your child’s age and stage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7KOp56oNO8
Ditto Online Safety Magazine – March 2019
Below is some support and guidance for parents regarding the ‘Momo’ Challenge.
National Online Safety Parent Guidance Posters
7 Conversation Starters Regarding Online Safety
Safer Internet Day 2019
With Safer Internet Day upon us tomorrow (Tuesday 5th February 2019), here are a couple of leaflets which were forwarded on by the Digital Citizenship Leader in Highland. They both make for interesting reading.
Internet Matters – an app for children and parents about e-safety
NET AWARE – Do you know what apps your child uses?
The link below is a super way of finding out about the apps and games your child(ren) uses or want to use. It breaks information down into understandable chunks and includes the important ‘stuff’ parents want to know. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
DITTO MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
This online magazine is packed full of helpful tips and support. You can subscribe to it, making it nice and easy.
ONLINE PLATFORM GUIDES
This link will take you to some useful links about online platforms your child may use or be asking to use. Become more clued up:
Both of these Twitter accounts are worth exploring as the creator, Andy Robertson, creator, Andy Robertson, provides regular and helpful updates and guidance on how best to manage the ever-increasing world of Online Gaming by providing a ‘talk-through’ of some of the most popular and current games being played by young people.
VODAFONE DIGITAL PARENTING
Vodafone offer free guidance for parents regarding the digital world. Below is Issue 6. We have a hard copy of Issue 7 which will go out to all parents on Safer Internet Day 2019 (5th February). You can find other Issues on this link: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/archive
BBC iWonder – some useful tips from BBC about keeping children safe online.
The Digital Leaders will have a table on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November during the parent appointments to show the Chromebooks to parents and also have some information regarding online safety for parents to take away. We hope you find this useful.