Keeping Children Safe Online
Although the internet can enrich children’s lives, keeping the whole family safe and happy online is important. At Whitegate we are committed to making sure we teach our children how to stay safe online.
"If a child ... is spending 3 hours or more a day on a screen they will develop mental health issues, anxiety or depression. " - Professor Barry Carpenter OBE
"How are children kept safe when using technology at Whitegate school?" Each class has read through the Whitegate E-Safety Path with their class teacher and signed an agreement. This path is displayed in every classroom. We understand that this pathway is to keep us safe while learning and having fun with technology.
"Am I allowed to play this game?" When deciding what is or isn’t appropriate for our young people, I use the website ‘Net Aware’, created by the NSPCC. This website allows you to see how safe your child really is when using certain apps and websites.
You can explore the website yourself here using this link: https://www.net-aware.org.uk
It is extremely concerning how poorly rated many apps are for their safety and content features despite being so popular with children. It comes down to the parents and carers to safeguard children and ensure the age limits are being followed.
"Who are our E-Safety Officers?" At Whitegate we have a brilliant team of 4 children from Oak class who help raise awareness of staying safe online and when using technology. They will help to spread awareness of E-Safety through assemblies over the course of the year and are known to younger children as people they can approach with questions about statying safe online.
Below are some links and PDF documents which can provide you with more E-Safety information.
What parents and carers need to know about...posters for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
Balancing screen time leaflets 0-5, 5-7 and 7-11 years attached as PDFs below.
Find the age appropriateness etc of an app or game: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
If you have any questions about E-Safety, please contact Mr Thomas through the school office.
E-Safety Officer Updates:
Last year's wonderful E-Safety Officers delivering a quiz assembly.