We highly recommend parents and carers to read DITTO ; a free online safety (e-safety) magazine keeping you up to date with all things related to keeping children safe online, and with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. Click here for the latest copies
Another useful and topical source of info for parents is the Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine. Bathampton School aims to circulate a hard copy to all families.
You can see the latest, and all previous, issues here. You can also find information at Parents Guides on specific concerns, such as cyberbullying and keep up to date with the must-have apps and popular social media platforms.
Bathampton School recommends that every pupil has a Family Tech Agreement at home
Advice and a template for a family agreement – http://www.childnet.com/blog/family-agreement
Template for a family tech agreement – http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Family-agreement-template.pdf
5 Digital parenting rules that really matter – an article by Parent zone.
Checking out games and apps
It can be hard to decide which games are really suitable for your child. A great place to start is https://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews. The reviews include suggested age ratings by the organisation, kids and parents. There is a rating scale for positive role model content, violence, sex, drinking, drugs, language and consumerism plus detailed descriptions of the game.
The Parent Zone Guides are another really helpful set of easy-to -read insights
The Social Media World
“Social media has become a space in which we form and build relationships, shape self-identity, express ourselves, and learn about the world around us; it is intrinsically linked to mental health” Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published a report, StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health, including a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health.
YouTube tops the table as the most positive, with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
There is a great summary of this report in a 2.5 minute clip https://smartsocial.com/negative-effects-of-social-media/ and subsequent links to advice for parents on learning how to support our children with social media app usage.
Idea for a mobile phone agreement – should this be the rules when Yr 6’s get a phone ready for secondary school? American dialogue and a bit cheesy, but essentially sound.
The E champions are a team of year six pupils who inform our teachers and governors about current on line thinking. This approach to keeping up to date with on line safety acknowledges that our pupils embrace and adopt on line behaviours faster than our teaching staff can track. See some of their work here
Parents are strongly recommended to follow the e-safety guidance available at:
There are some lovely online learning games available free of charge on the BBC website:
Games for Key Stage One (ie Reception – Year 2):
Games for Key Stage Two (ie Year 3 – Year 6):
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