Mr Finch arranged for Sally, a Police Community Support Officer, to talk to us about online dangers and how to keep safe when using smartphones, websites and online games.
Sally's team are responsible for over 370 schools in Luton and Bedfordshire and she said that Someries Juniors had the biggest turnout of parents for such an event.
The children were told not to share personal information online. This can include information such as:
- Full name
- Email address
- Phone number
Sally advised the children to only be online ‘friends’ with people they know in the real world and to turn on their privacy settings.
We also learned to be kind when sending online messages. The children reflected that, unlike chatting face-to-face, with online chat we cannot see how the other person is feeling or reacting.
Difference in Board Games and Video Game Ratings
- Video game ratings are different from other game ratings and are more like cinema ratings – the higher the rating the more unsuitable it is for children. To qualify for a higher rating the game must have violent content, swearing or other content that is unsuitable for young children.
- With board games the age rating helps us know how old children may need to be in order to play the game due to its difficulty. If children manage to play a game for a higher rating (for example, a junior child playing an "Age 13+" strategy game) then this is something to be proud of as the child is able to do more than they are expected to. With video games is NOT a good thing to be playing a game for children rated older than you!
A number of our children indicated to Sally that they are playing games that are rated 16 or 18. We strongly advise parents to monitor the games that they play. If in doubt about getting your child a game that they are asking for, then you could check clips of games on Youtube!
For more help, parents can go to the "Think You Know" site: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Concerned-about-your-child/
You can click here for the checklist for "Keeping your child safe online" that Sally provided at the meeting: Checklist
Here is the list of "Information and Online Resources" from Safer Internet Day 2018: Online resources for parents