We were really pleased to welcome the Parents who joined us for the Online Internet Safety Session with Peter Bower on Monday 17th October from 5.00pm - 6.00pm, Peter has a wonderful way of showing us all how to be safe on the internet, from pupils, to parents, to staff and is well known to us all here at St Columb Major Academy. His presentation illustrated some very disturbing facts - all of which is vital to all parents & staff.
For those of you who were unable to be with us please take particular note of the message below relating to two online games from the Commonsense Media website (recommended to us by the UK Safer Internet Centre)
'Parents need to know that Game of Thrones (based on the novels by George R.R. Martin) is big-budget fantasy series that frequently depicts brutal battles and graphic, detailed acts of violence (including those against children and women), as well as lots of nudity and no-holds-barred sexuality. The latter is portrayed in an especially iffy manner, with explicit discussion and depiction of incest, adultery, and rape. Strong language, including "f--k," is frequent. Although the series is well produced, even the most sympathetic characters make plenty of iffy choices, and the over-the-top content is questionable for all but adult viewers.' Sex, violence, and drugs: Grand Theft Auto has it all. This role-playing game includes over a dozen titles and is one of the most controversial -- and popular -- series on the market. Its stories revolve around a criminal underworld (such as the mafia), and players are cast in the role of gang members who must commit brutal crimes to rise through the ranks. These acts are carried out without remorse or consequences -- which is why Common Sense Media recommends GTA only for adults. Now that many of the games have been released in app form, the price of entry -- compared with console versions -- is a lot more accessible for young players. If your child is interested in GTA, read the full Common Sense review - click here
Access to more information on what your games your child may be playing click here
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As parents, teachers, governors and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy, & to develop well both physically and mentally, but what we DO want is for our children to be safe.
Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of the role as parents and carers to encourage that. As our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety.
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Children need to be protected from everyday dangers – whether crossing the road, in and around the home, trying new foods or talking to new people they meet….and going online.