This page has been created to support our parents support their son or daughter and ensure they are safe and secure online.

With support from ‘ThinkUknow’ and ‘SWGfL' we have put together advice, tips, activities and home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home.

Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.
However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.
We have added an  activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children that explores "HOW TO STAY SAFE WHILE GAMING."
 

Home Activities for Year 7,8 and 9

Home Activities for Year 10


Below are simple 15 minute activities to do. Click on the links below for each activity pack. Every link contains two 15-minute activities to do with a child: 

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Home activity pack 1

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Below are simple 15 minute activities to do. Click on the links below for each activity pack. Every link contains two 15-minute activities to do with a child:

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Home activity pack 1

 

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Home activity pack 2


 

  • It is not easy for parents to keep up with what’s going on in the world of technology.
  • With a huge increase in device ownership and use of online services, it is important to ensure that you and your children are safe when enjoying the potential of technology.
  • E-safety doesn’t just happen. It needs awareness of the possible threats that online activity can bring, and how to deal with them


1. Learn your way around

Link: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology


2. E-Safety on Tablets

  • Tablets are really popular with younger children, and the market has several which are geared specifically towards delivering child friendly content.
  • When it comes to using tablets:
  • Start slowly:
  • Only download games and apps you have checked out carefully
  • Steer them towards age targeted content such as iPlayer Kids:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/features/iplayer-kids  or You Tube Kids: https://www.youtube.com/kids/

Link for more advice: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Link for more advice: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/


3. Older Children & E-Safety on Mobile Phones/Smartphones

Remember it is easily as important to talk to your children about what they should & should not be doing.


4. Social Media Platforms

“YouTube is a firm favourite. Children between five and 15 are more likely to use YouTube than other on-demand services such as Netflix, or TV channels including the BBC and ITV. WhatsApp has also grown to join Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram as one of the top social media platforms used by children.”

Social Media Checklists for Parents

  • SWGfL have produced super checklists to help parents understand more about various platforms including:
    • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Roblox and TikTok
  • The checklists include:
    • what information they use,
    • how to set privacy settings: they’re a parent’s social media survival guide!

Click here to go to SWGfL Social Media Checklists Page: https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/checklists/


5. Screen Time

  • Agree a time limit or number of games beforehand, to avoid repeated disagreements around how long they can spend online.
  • Young People and Screentime – A Good Start’ guide available, which provides some tips and checklists to help parents and carers get kids off to a good start using digital devices.

Link to the Guide: https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/young-people-and-screentime-a-good-start/


6. Sleep Comes First

  • We recommend the phone stays out of the bedroom to avoid night time interruptions,
  • A period of time before bed without phone or tablet use is beneficial too.
  • Blue light emitted from LCD screens has been shown to disrupt sleep by interfering with our natural body rhythms, blocking our bodies from creating a sleep hormone called melatonin.


7. Request Access

  • Parents care more about their children’s health and wellbeing than anyone else.
  • That means you need to guide them in the virtual world as well as the real world. If you’re genuinely concerned about them, ask them to allow you access to the phone.


8. Monitoring vs Having a Conversation

  • It is possible to install software onto devices that monitors online activity, alerts you to inappropriate behaviour, and can block access to certain content. This kind of software is becoming increasingly popular, but while this might sound tempting, it might pose a number o1f issues around your child’s right to privacy, and could have an impact upon your relationship with them. 
  • SWGfL have produced an interesting article called: 'Parenting through technology'

Click the link here to access it: https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/i-spy/

  • Talk to your children regularly and openly about behaviour and risk is important, so that they know they can come to you if something goes wrong. 
  • SWGfL have produced an article called ‘It’s good to talk’ that covers this:

Click here to access it: https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/parenting-in-a-digital-age-it-s-good-to-talk/


9. Whole Home Approach

  • Consider setting parental controls on your Wi-Fi.
  • You can block access to inappropriate or adult content, and set time limits which may help rein in those excessive Minecraft sessions.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has produced a guide to help called 'Parental controls offered by your home internet provider' 

Here is a link to that guide: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider


10. Gaming

“Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Switch or Sony PlayStation: there is something for everyone, and every age. Consider whether your child is mature enough to join an online community, and whether the games they are playing are appropriate.”

  • A link to help you make informed decisions about online games. Here is the link: https://pegi.info/

Here is the link: https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/money-for-nothing-the-cost-of-online-gaming/

  • A link to help you look at tools that manage screen time and in-game purchases on video game consoles. 

Here is the link: https://www.askaboutgames.com/

  • There is also some guidance for specific platforms.

Here is the link for:



So you’re now spending more time at home – you’re thinking . . . brilliant! Get the pyjamas on, fill up a bowl of chocolate and settle in for a well needed movie marathon. Did I just read your mind?

Ever thought ‘I’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the time?’ Well now . . . you can! Just because you’re stuck indoors doesn’t mean you can’t live your life to the fullest! We have put together a few ideas to make the most of your days in:


Why don’t you visit a Museum?

https://www.duolingo.com/

    • Visit 12 famous museums via a virtual tour, giving you the full experience from the comfort of your own living room.
    • Follow the link for more information.  

Fancy a Trip to Space?

https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/

    • Explore an open virtual galaxy with this amazing engine.
    • Travel to the stars, land on planets, the possibilities are all there!

Visit NASA’s Media Library

http://spaceengine.org/

    • NASA has released their full media library including photos, videos and sounds.
    • Check out all the amazing discoveries, it’s all accessible and ready to watch.


Free 30 day trial for thousands of books

https://images.nasa.gov/

    • Fed up of day-time television?
    • Absorb yourself in novels, magazines, education, even audiobooks.
    • They’ll be something that’s there for you.  


Free 15 day trial for Online YOGA!

https://www.scribd.com/readfree?utm

  • Try this online YOGA class with 15 days’ free trial.
It’ll get the body moving


Hundreds of exercise classes available

https://www.yogaanytime.com

    • Don’t fancy the zen approach? There are– some are even live streamed so you can keep up with all the action.


Free Online Art Classes

https://www.verywellfit.com/best-online-exercise-classes-4163381

  • Want to get creative?
Hundreds of art classes available online,


Free Online Cooking Courses

https://www.creativebloq.com/features/online-art-classes

Take the time to learn cooking skills with this free online course.


Look at your Heritage

https://www.myheritage.com

    • Trace back your family history here: