Technology has become a vital part of our daily lives, and a vital part of our children’s entertainment and learning.
With the power and possibilities of computers doubling every 18 months however, there is a risk that we adults get left behind and lose track of what our children are doing online.
Last week we held a talk at the Primary Campus to discuss eSafety with parents. The talk took us through the six main activities children enjoy online - gaming, talking, sharing, searching and mobile internet. Some parents were surprised to see that computer games are no longer just for children and that, just like movies, games have age restrictions for a reason. We also considered the perils of over-sharing by social media by comparing it to standing in the middle of Mid Valley shouting out your personal details to throngs of shoppers!
While we spent some time looking at how to set parental controls and age restrictions on iPads and computers, the main advice throughout the presentation was to talk to our children about their online activities. Bring the computers into a family room and spend some time joining in with their games and activities.
Talk to them about the fact that, just like in the outside world, not everyone we talk to online is who they say they are and we should not talk to strangers.
At the end of the talk, parents were directed to visit the ThinkUknow website which has a lot of information and advice in an easy to read format, while also having children sections to teach safety to your children. Have a look for yourself at www.thinkuknow.co.uk
ICT Key Stage 2 Subject Leader