We are E-Safety SMART!
The internet is a fantastic resource overflowing with information, and just like thousands of people all around the world, the pupils at Seaton St Paul's C of E Junior School spend a lot of time using the internet to aid our learning. We access the internet in a variety of different ways during the school day and children are encouraged to use the internet to support their learning outside of school.
This is why it is so important that our pupils learn how to be safe and responsible when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.
E-Safety is introduced to our children at the start of each term during our computing curriculum. In addition to this, it is addressed regularly throughout the year during assemblies, PSCHE lessons and visited in class. We also liaise with Cumbria police who provide assemblies and workshops for us throughout the year. Please visit the policies tab on the 'Our School' section of the website to find our E-Safety policy.
Use the websites below to become SMART about internet safety.
Child Safety on Fortnite – Information for Parents
Fortnite is a popular online video game where players compete to be the last person standing in a post-apocalyptic world. The most popular version is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which sees up to 100 players pitted against each other to stay alive on an island. Players can build and demolish structures, and collect weapons, supplies and armour to help them along the way. Players shoot each other using a range of lethal weapons, but the brightly-coloured, cartoon-style graphics and lack of bloodshed mean it doesn’t feel too gory or graphic. To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’, although you don’t have to provide your age when creating an account, so younger children can still log on easily. Communication between players: a chat function allows players to talk to each other either over a headset and microphone, or using messaging. Children could use it to speak to strangers, or it could put them at risk of cyberbullying. There is also the risk of: Addictive nature of the game: reports tell of children staying up all night to play, Falling asleep in lessons after playing for too long. Advice for Parents Use the parental controls on the gaming device. Turn off the voice chat feature and speak to your child to make sure they know this feature exists, and encourage them to use the options below if they encounter someone who is offensive or inappropriate. Make sure your child knows how to report inappropriate behaviour. You or your child can report players who make them uncomfortable using the in-game feedback tool (located in the main menu). The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has a range of resources for parents on internet safety. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/