The internet is an amazing resource which enables children to connect, communicate and be creative. This page is dedicated to esafety, an integral part of Computing whether at home or at school. We hope to provide you with the tools to ensure you are confident that you are able to keep your child safe online.
Use the questions below to help start discussions about how we can all use the internet safely, respectfully, responsibly, and positively when gaming and spending time online.
- How do you have fun using the internet and technology?
- What’s your favourite game, app or website?
- How does going online make you feel?
- What can you do if you fall out with a friend online?
- Do people disagree more online or offline? Why do you think that is?
- What could you do if someone you were talking to online was unkind to you, or made you feel worried, upset, or uncomfortable?
The best way to understand how video games work in the life of your child is to spend time together playing them. Although parents are sometimes reluctant, not wanting to intrude on their child's hobby, children are generally enthusiastic when parents and carers take an interest. Along with having fun playing together, this enables you to set ground rules.
Understanding why they might not want to stop immediately if they are playing online, or celebrating their progress in competitive games can inform how you agree on ground rules with them. This four-step process may help with gaming in your household:
P - Play with your kids. Discover amazing games and understand what they play and why.
L - Learn about family controls for your console.
A - Ask what your kids think. Discuss ground rules before setting restrictions.
Y - You’re in charge. Set restrictions that work for your family.