eSafety is beginning to affect all of our lives. With children being given ever greater access to the internet and online resources, it is a big priority for us at Darlinghurst.
The children use a heavily filtered version of the internet in school but are not as safe when using the internet at home. The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) offers advice for parents and children on staying safe online. There are also free programs available to help parents protect their children on the internet. One of these is the free Family Safety from Norton. If you are still unsure, your child's class teacher will be happy to talk to you.
Other useful links for parents
Pan European Game Information
Like films, many computer games have age restrictions known as PEGI ratings. Read what is permissible at each age below:
The content of games given this rating is considered suitable for all age groups. Some violence in a comical context (typically Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry cartoon-like forms of violence) is acceptable. The child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real life characters, they should be totally fantasy. The game should not contain any sounds or pictures that are likely to scare or frighten young children. No bad language should be heard.
Any game that would normally be rated at 3 but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category.
Videogames that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy character and/or non graphic violence towards human-looking characters or recognisable animals, as well as videogames that show nudity of a slightly more graphic nature would fall in this age category. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.
This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16.
The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence. Gross violence is the most difficult to define since it can be very subjective in many cases, but in general terms it can be classed as the depictions of violence that would make the viewer feel a sense of revulsion.
Find out more at the PEGI website.
The net-aware website is to a superb guide to the 48 most commonly used social websites. Simply typing in in the website name e.g. Club Penguin, Minecraft etc. will enable you to see how to access privacy settings, safety advice, reporting and signing up.
Links For children
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ (select your age from the options)
Communicating and social networking at Darlinghurst - DB Primary
We teach the children a host of age-appropriate eSafety skills and knowledge. They have their own account for our secure learning environment - DB Primary - so they can safely write emails, maintain a blog (electronic diary) and contribute to forums both in school and at home. DB Primary is password protected and through it, your child can only communicate with other DB Primary accounts in our school - it is not possible to communicate with external email or social media sites like Hotmail, Youtube, Club Penguin etc.
Within DB Primary there is a whistle button in the corner of every screen where it is possible for your child to communicate with anyone else, which automatically reports the communication on screen to school staff. These are investigated on a case by case basis. Mindful that other commercial social networking sites and online games do not have such features, we teach the children not to delete upsetting communications, online or by text, but instead show you or an adult at school.
Occasionally, children might write or send things they won't be proud of, though thankfully since establishing DB Primary, these events have been rare at Darlinghurst. A child's DB Primary account is an important tool but it is also a priviledge and misuse will lead to temporary or even permanent bans. However, when mistakes are made, we invest time so the children and their peers learn: victims are supported and reasurred and everyone in the class, the perpetrator especially, learn that everything written or sent online, even anonymously and even if quickly deleted, is recorded and can have serious consequences.