A big thank you to everyone who attended the E-Safety workshop hosted by OpenZone@The Word last week! We hope everyone found the session to be helpful in explaining how to keep ourselves and our children safe online.
As a follow up, we thought it would be beneficial to share some of the main points that were discussed and to provide some useful websites for more information.
One of the big points of discussion was the dangers of online gaming. We discussed how any game with a chat facility poses a risk as children could potentially be playing with anyone from around the world. This includes games such as Fortnite and Fifa.
Another main point was age ratings. We are aware that many children are playing games above their age. PEGI ratings are attached to games to show which age range of children should be playing them. It is very important to follow these ratings as unsuitable content can be found in higher PEGI rated games. For information on PEGI ratings click on this link: https://pegi.info/ .The children who have completed Kidsafe training in our school should have a thorough knowledge of this too.
Social media was also mentioned during the discussion. Most social media websites or apps have an age restriction on them. Children younger than 13 should not have an account on social media. Cyberbullying is a growing problem and this often stems from what children and adults post and comment on social media.
The Open Zone provided a list of websites to look at for more information on online safety.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ – for info on age ratings of movies, TV shows and video games.
https://www.bbc.com/ownit – online safety tips aimed at children. There are some good video clips for them to watch and discover e-safety independently.
http://ictinschools.org/ – the Open Zone website.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ – for more info on e-safety,