Safer Internet Day 11 February 2020
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Fornite: Battle Royal
This game is currently very popular amongst children. National Online Safety have made a very useful parental guide but here I have outlined some of the key information.
Purchases: When children are playing the game they have the option to buy extra things to alter the appearance of their characters. These are released daily and are only available for 24 hours. They can also purchase access to extra challenges.
Hackers: There have been reported cases of hackers getting into players accounts and fraudulently spending hundreds of pounds.
Talking to strangers: When playing in squad mode, users communicate with each other. This is often done through headphones. Listening through headphones gives children the benefit of being able to hear quiet sounds such as footsteps of the opposing team, however it also means that children can be exposed to inappropriate language without their parents’ knowledge. Fornite does have reporting features which can be used for instances of inappropriate behaviour and it is possible to disable strangers talking to you.
Weapons and Violence: This game comes with a PEGI rating of 12+ due to its violent nature and features various weapons. Within the parameters of this rating it is accepted to see some realistic violence to fantasy characters but violence to human characters must not be realistic.
Age: No proof of age is required in order to sign up. Persons simply need to register through facebook, google or by using an email address.
Playing on the go: This game is now available on mobile devices so children can play this anywhere, making it difficult for parents to monitor how often and for how long children are playing the game.
For more detailed information, as well as some top tips for parents, please see the link to the National Online Safety guide for parents.
What children have said they like about Fornite:
- There’s no blood but still shooting.
- You get to build defences.
- You can play with your friends.
- Your character can dance which is hilarious and there’s loads of different music while you play.
- You can disable strangers talking to you but still talk to your friends.
- They do different modes every month, which add little things or change the style of the play, and keeps it interesting.
Things they don’t like:
- People being able to hack you.
- Some people use “mods” to cheat.
We would always recommend that parents research a game or app to ensure they are as fully informed as possible before making the decision to download or purchase it for their child.
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communications technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
At Haydonleigh, we encourage all the children to follow the SMART rules both in school and at home.
See below to find out more.
Be SMART on line - SMART_poster.pdf
Vodafone have lots of 'How to..' guides which are very helpful if you're unsure of how to set up parent controls etc.
For KS1, there are some videos and tips here: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
For KS2, useful resources can be found here: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
Here is a leaflet that contains lots of useful conversation starters to use with your child.
Screen Time – How much is too much
As with many things, there is no definitive answer when it comes to the topic of how much screen time is ok for our children and how much is damaging. However, studies have found that hours and hours of screen time (and this may include television, tablet, phone and games console) can create a sensory overload, as well as there being links to poorer performances in GCSEs (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/every-hour-you-spend-in-front-of-a-screen-is-linked-to-poorer-exam-results).
Some researchers recommend that children take regular screen breaks whereby for every 40 minutes they spend in front of a screen, they spend an hour away from them (for under 10 year olds). For older children this would be an hour away for every hour they spend in front of a screen, and for teenagers this would be an hour break for every 90 minutes of screen time they have.
It is also fair to suggest that not all forms of screen use are equal, as some can provide far more positive stimulation and learning experiences than others. There is further discussion on this here: (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/screen-time/are-some-types-of-screen-time-better-than-others).
If limiting screen time is something you’d like to introduce, it can be beneficial to discuss the reasons for this with your children. When implementing screen breaks, a five minute warning can be helpful before switching off.
Each family will have their own way of managing screen time, but in an age in which technology is so convenient and readily available, it can be easy to forget the value of children learning to manage their own boredom and to entertain themselves. You could create a list with your child of various activities they could do during screen breaks (and refer them to this if they complain of boredom!)
It is also important to remember to be a positive role model when trying to introduce screen breaks and ensure that we ourselves are not missing out on opportunities to build positive relationships by being on our own devices.
There are a variety of apps available, for apple and android devices, which can be used to support families in limiting their screen time e.g. Screen Limit, Our Pact and Screentime.
Some more information on this topic can be found here:
We take e-safety very seriously here at Haydonleigh Primary School. We believe it is responsibility of everybody in our school community to help our pupils remain safe while online.
The links below contain advice, guidance, resources and games about keeping children, and yourself, safe online.
Family Contact Point- 01793 466903