Over the years, the internet has become a popular means in our daily lives. It is an extremely rich resource which provides us with various amounts of information and connections. At St Monica’s we believe that it is important children have the opportunity to use this source in a safe, responsible way. The concept of e-safety has thus become a predominate teaching focus in our school.
E-safety is defined, by Ofsted as:
‘…the school’s ability:
to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology
to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.’(Ofsted, 2013: 4)
In order for St Monica’s to protect, educate, intervene and support children with internet use, an e-safety policy has been devised. This document is for staff, pupils and parents; and complies a list of rules and regulations all must abide to in order for safe use of the internet. This document is easily accessible and can be found within the ‘Key Information’ page on this website.
At St Monica’s, staff attend yearly e-safety training sessions which help prepare and support the overt and covert teaching of e-safety. Throughout the month of November, children take part in an e-safety week in which teachers explicitly put their e-safety teaching into practice. A variety of activities, workshops and assemblies are prepared and delivered by the teachers to give pupils knowledge and guidance on the use of this resource. It is always a fun, excitable week in which pupils gain an enormous amount of awareness and understanding.
Staff at St Monica’s hold the view that it is vital parents are given the same knowledge and understanding of how to use, and let their children use, the internet safely. Therefore, our goal is to organise and deliver e-safety workshops for parents to attend and take part in. Our first parent workshop was delivered in September. This workshop was a great success with many parents going away feeling confident in their role of how to keep their children safe on the internet. Pasted below are some useful links in which you will find more information regarding e-safety and how you can have an impact.
Please familiarise yourself with the school's E-Safety Policy below, and the links below, to further improve your child's safety online.
Fortnite Gaming Advice for Parents
The multiplayer action survival game, Fortnite: Battle Royale, has received a lot of media coverage recently due to growing popularity amongst children – and also emerging safety concerns. I’ve pulled together some information about the game and how to keep your children safe while playing it.
Players can currently play Fortnite: Battle Royale on a PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation or download it from the App Store. Use of the game has grown rapidly amongst children and young people since the launch of the mobile game in March 2018. As of 2nd May, the app version is only available on iOS but an Android release is expected shortly. The game involves 100 players fighting each other in real time to be the final survivor.
What features and risks are there on Fortnite?
Fortnite: Battle Royale has several features that can be fun, but there are also risks. These include:
Here are the recommended age ratings for the game:
Tips to help keep your child safe online when playing online games: