Young people are now growing up in a technological age that brings exciting online opportunities and experiences. However, this can also bring many challenges, here at Wheatlands we continue to take E-Safety very seriously and know the importance of teaching our children to use technology in a safe way and to teach how it can have both a positive and negative impact on their well-being. There are many resources available with guidance on how a parent/carer can support a child with their digital well-being. Some useful guidance can be found on the websites below and provide support on how you can help your child at different ages of life with their digital well-being. There are links providing information for 3-7 year olds (KS1), 7-11 year olds (KS2) and for some of our parents with children in Y6, the page for 11-14 year olds, may provide some useful information and tips for the future.
At Wheatlands we continue to promote the importance of this within lessons, which take place throughout the year, as part of our curriculum. We will also be taking part in ‘Safer Internet Day 2019’, on Tuesday 5th February, which focuses on the slogan “Together for a better internet”. During the week we will be promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for our children. Its aim is also to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. A range of resources for parents and carers for Safer Internet Day 2019 can be found below and will provide ideas for opportunities to engage with children about their digital lives and how to create a positive and safe time online.
As many of you have probably heard on the news recently, screen-time has become a hot topic, with many experts pointing out that there is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself. However, it is important that parents are aware of the effect of screen time on their child. While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends that children should not use technology in the hour before bedtime and that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and quality time spent with family. This evidence is not only based on television screen time, but also includes other screen use, such as mobile phones, iPads, game consoles and computers. This issue is particularly important at the moment as some of our children have probably received many of these devices as Christmas gifts and have spent a lot of time using them over the festive period. As adults, it is also important to remember that we are role models to children so we should also be aware of our own screen time. A question many experts on this topic suggest we should ask ourselves is, “Have you ever found yourself not really listening to what your child is saying because you’re looking at your phone?” Some useful tips for guidance on this topic can be found below. Parents and carers can also download the full screen time advice on this link.