Computing and use of technology in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
There is a significant amount of information on the internet about keeping children safe online. Holy Trinity has its own policy on Internet Safety that can be viewed through our website under key information and in policies.
Home and Family Guidelines
We live in a rapidly ever changing technological world.
Please keep your child safe.
The NSPCC conducted a survey of children who play the online survival game ‘Fortnight’. Shockingly, their research found that 1 in 4 young players have been approached by strangers whilst using the game. The NSPCC are advising parents to turn off the voice chat system in the game to ensure children avoid inappropriate contact. But the charity warned that the main settings menu did not allow players to block text messaging. There are also concerns with the number of prompts for purchasing ‘add-ons’ within the game, with reports of children spending large amounts of money on ‘skins’ and other personalised items, to enhance their chance of winning.
Fortnite is believed to have about 45 million registered players, with up to three million playing it at the same time. It can be accessed online through their website (Mac or PC) or via the Playstation or X-Box. IOS and Android versions have also been released. The game holds a PEGI 12 rating for frequent use of mild violence; however this does not take into consideration the chat feature concerns. It is a cartoonish action game with two key versions: “Fortnite” is a single player survival game and “Fortnite – Battle Royale” is online where 100 players compete against each other until the ‘last one standing’. We have many pupils playing this game from our school and we wanted to bring to your attention some advice. The NSPCC have advised that parents should:
§ let children know they could talk to them if upset or worried by anything they had seen online
§ familiarise themselves with what their children did online and understand why they liked particular apps or games
§ agree family rules on how to use apps, sites and games
§ use privacy settings and parental controls to keep children safe
Think you know
Safe Social Networking
Microsoft Family Safety Site
Here are public links to places where you can look at some of the videos that were shown. Just a word of caution, some are from the CEOP area on Youtube but some are public areas where somebody has posted a copy, therefore comments posted by individuals may not be controlled. Some of them are aimed for older pupils.
Where’s Klaus ?
(aimed at age 11–16 )
( aimed at age 8 – 10 )
Think Before you post
… and a follow on.
Cyberbullying (aimed at 11-16 year olds)
Grooming (aimed at 11-16 year olds)
One focused on a girl victim
and one with a boy victim
CEOP Youtube site
Who to talk to
For Young People:
Children can talk in confidence on either;
• NSPCC www.there4me.com where they can talk to an NSPCC adviser online
• Childline on 0800 1111 – will not be listed on the telephone bill
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support for people, if you are worried, feel upset or confused and just want to talk. You can:
• Phone on 08457 90 90 90
Email the Samaritans: Jo@samaritans.org