At Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School we see the internet and other digital and information technologies as powerful tools, which open up new opportunities.
Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning.
Whilst we encourage the use of these technologies, we also recognise the need to actively teach and promote their safe use.
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children on the following website.
- Hwb - Online Safety Zone
- Ask About Games
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - ThinkUKnow
- Childnet - young people and social networking services
- Internet Matters
- NSPCC - Let's keep kids safe online
What are the risks of online games?
- Children may view inappropriate or upsetting content if they play games that aren't suitable for their age. This could include sexual of violent material. It might be in-game or produced by other players.
- Some players can be abusive towards others or try to exclude them from the game. Some players may also hack another user's account or try to steal and destroy their virtual possessions. this can be as upsetting for a young person as if it happened in real life.
- Children may play with adults they don't know. People of all ages play games. Some adults may exploit this and try and build an emotional connection with a child for the purpose of grooming.
- Some children may find it hard to stop playing games or find that gaming is getting in the way of them doing other activities.
For further information about keeping your children safe whilst gaming online go to the NSPCC website.