Online Safety Guides
This area of the website is to share the Online Safety Guides originally posted on Class Dojo. These guides provide useful tips for parents and carers when discussing the online environment with children and explain how to make apps and games safer for those that are using them.
Unsurprisingly, TikTok is as popular as ever with over 1 billion users worldwide. For those who don't know, TikTok is a video-sharing social media app which lets people create, view and download looping 15-second clips. Typically, these are videos of users lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs or soundbites.
What some people don't realise is that you must be 13 or older to have an account. However, we understand that parents and siblings may have an account that children may access at times. Therefore, we recommend reading the TikTok safety guide above. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate content, addiction and in-app spending.
Xbox Series X and Series S
The Xbox Series X and Series S are the next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft. They offer improved graphics, sounds and much quicker loading times. Parents should note that the two versions available are quite different. In the guide above, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate games, online interactions and in-game spending.
It's been brought to our attention that some children are watching a series on Netflix called Squid Game as well as other inappropriate material. This is NOT age appropriate as it has an age rating of 15. Netflix provides very clear content warnings as it features sexual content, violence and suicide.
We strongly recommend setting up a children's account on Netflix to block any inappropriate material. In the guide provided, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as screen addiction, inappropriate content and hackers.
In school we take online safety very seriously. We frequently discuss how to stay safe online and it is also part of our Purple Mash scheme in computing. Above is a guide filled tips on a number of potential risks such as online strangers, hurtful messages and an unhealthy amount of time spent online.
Above is an online safety guide on how to set up parental controls for Android apps.
Most smartphones allow parents and carers to choose which apps and features appear on their child’s device and which ones don’t – also preventing young people from buying and downloading anything that’s unsuitable for their age.
In the guide, you'll find a number of tips such as how to block app downloads, how to stop auto-updates and how to restrict apps.