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I need to make sure that you are aware of a game that many of our children are playing online. The game in question is called Fortnite. It is a free online survival game, in its basic form, with up to four players working together on various missions to collect resources, build fortifications around defensive objectives, and construct weapons and traps to engage in combat with an army of zombie-like creatures that are trying to kill them. Other versions of the game include ‘Battle Royale’, where up to 100 players can play and be in contact with one another. Through this, children can be at risk of inadvertent contact with strangers from all over the world. The issue is that, despite Fortnite having a PEGI rating of 12, there are many of our children at Goldenhill, across all year groups, who have been playing this game online.

 

You will, of course, make your own decisions about this for your child. However, should you decide to ignore the 12+ age restriction, can I urge you to sit with your child at some point when Fortnite is on the screen and to keep an eye on how your child is behaving online towards others, who is in their shared online community at any given time and how they are behaving towards your child. 

 

For extra advice on this, please check the poster below - or pop in to see Mr H for a chat about how else we can educate the children or wider community. The below poster is available in the office for collection upon request, along with other Online Safety guides.

 

PARENTS - See the image below for details on potential online safety and safeguarding threats from Fortnite.

Online Safety Warriors: 2017-2018 

 

Year group

Team member

Team member

Year 3

Maisie

Lili-Lu

Year 4

Shay

Taylor

Year 5

Dylan

Blake

Year 6

Jenson

Ellie

I'm a parent in 2018 - HELP!!

 

The online world is fast becoming the most popular, social place for our children and it is our job, as teachers and parents, to ensure that they are safe in both the real and virtual world.

This page will direct you to some helpful websites to keep safe online! (Click the images to go to the pages!)

 

The ThinkuKnow website is run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and includes advice and information for parents, carers and children. CEOP’s Thinkuknow for parents and carers page includes separate sections for primary and secondary aged children, a video explaining internet safety for parents and plugins to make your browser safer.

 

The NSPCC has recently launched their Net aware site. It is a well designed site that is easy to navigate and gives parents up to date information about social network sites their child may be using.  You can also register to ensure you receive information as soon as it is published.

 

Childnet's website features various resources for teachers, parents and children of all ages. It also updates a very active twitter account with up to date information on safeguarding in an E-Safety sense.

 

The UK safer Internet Centre site is full of useful information about keeping yourself and your family safe online. They update their information frequently, keeping up to date with ever evolving apps and crazes.  They have recently published information on using the Pokemon Go app and on keeping safe in the summer holidays. The site also includes useful information about using social media safely.

 

Vodafone have developed an excellent website called Digital Parenting that contains lots of advice about keeping children safe on line. It includes instructions for setting up parental controls on a wide variety of devices (under the ‘How To’ tab) and a wealth of information about keeping safe online for all generations. It is well worth checking out!

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