Hello and welcome to Ryelands Primary and Nursery School’s Online Safety page for parents!
The world of technology moves at such a rapid pace that, at times, keeping on top of developments and apps can feel like an incredibly difficult task. Online Safety is taught as a crucial part of our computing curriculum every year at Ryelands. However, as many children access the internet at home in their down time, it is vital that all of our pupils develop safe and healthy online habits at home, also.
On this page, please find practical advice on how to help your child to make safe choices online. It will be updated to reflect the online safety issues that our pupils encounter.
For more detailed information about how Online Safety is taught in school, please find our Online Safety Policy in the ‘Non-Curriculum Policies’ section of our website.
For advice on screen time for older children, please read the following webpage, click here.
Be Kind Online
Primary school age children are too young to play Fortnite (the games guidelines stipulate children over age 13 only).
Our advice is to follow the games age rating and not allow your child to play Fortnite.
Despite the age guidelines, we are aware that many of our pupils play the game online. If your child is permitted to play the game, please read the following information to help keep your child safe.
One of the issues which we have seen come up in school is children from the same class being unkind to one another on the Fortnite platform. These disagreements have spilled over into school times and have caused conflict among friends.
Advice for ensuring that your child is safe and responsible when playing:
- Ensure that your child only plays when a responsible adult is in the same room supervising.
- Ensure that your child only plays with friends which they already know in real life.
- Ensure that your child balances the time they play with exercise, fresh air, reading and face-to-face communication with family (no more than 1-2 hours a day).
- Explain to your child that all of their online communications cannot be truly deleted and make up part of their digital footprint– so being respectful and appropriate is vitally important.
- Ensure that your child cannot make in-game purchases without your supervision.
- Explain to your child that if they read, or hear, something upsetting, they are to immediately log off and tell a trusted adult.
- Reinforce to your child that they must keep their personal information secret (their real name, their image in photographs, their address, their school, their age, their contact details).
*Please note: we recommend that your primary-aged child attending Ryelands Primary School is not permitted to play the game.
Please find additional information about Fornite- courtesy of National Online Safety– below:
For more information on how to help your child to be safe in the online world, please follow the below links: