Internet Safety & Digital Leaders
Online Safety at St Philip Evans Primary School
Meet Our Digital Leaders below!
Use the links below to find out more about issues related to internet safety
Digital Leaders 2023-2024
Meet our Digital Leaders for this academic year.
We are responsible for monitoring the correct use of digital devices, researching innovative uses of technology and teaching others how to be safe online.
Posters about correct use of digital devices
Our Digital Leaders have been creating word clouds to explain what Online Safety is all about.
Many children today have regular access to the internet via PCs, games consoles and mobile technologies. While this instant communication offers fantastic opportunities for learning it is our responsibility as adults to ensure we keep our children safe from any dangers or images that could upset them.
At St Philip Evans RC Primary School, we have a robust online safety policy and Acceptable User Agreements in place to protect pupils and staff.
All pupils receive online safety lessons as part of their curriculum. We have an annual visit from our School Liaison Officer from South Wales Police to talk about the issue of Cyber-bullying and how to stay safe online. As a school we will also try to support parents in educating everybody about issues linked to online safety.
Pupils also regularly receive assemblies dealing with the issues in this area. Please support us by talking to your child about online safety issues and monitoring what they are doing online and while using technology, remembering that this responsibility of the adults at home.
As a school we do not encourage pupils to access public domain online gaming platforms like Fortnite, or other games with online features, as this is against age restriction guidelines for primary children (13+ years).
The resources below are provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Please visit their website to find out more www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Other resources can be seen on their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/ceop
Online Gaming and Age Restrictions
So, how are games and apps rated?
Boxed games for consoles and computers within the UK, such as Call of Duty, are given a PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) rating of 3, 7, 12, 16, or 18 based on the content it includes. The box displays descriptors of what the game contains i.e. violent or innappropriate content.
Apps are rated slightly differently. On Google Play games are also given a PEGI rating, but iTunes and Amazon have their own game rating system. It is important that you always get permission from an adult before downloading or using an new app at home or in school.
It is also important to note that ratings are based on the content of the game, rather than the difficulty level, or whether you can communicate with other people. Even if a game is rated as 3, it may still allow children to talk to other players. Not all players will be the same age.
Here are our tips to help keep safe when thinking about age ratings:
There are several things you can do:
Talk regularly about what games, apps and sites you are using with your parents.
Tell an adult you trust if you feel worried or upset by anything you have heard or seen online.
Agree: Make sure you know how how to report or block other users. Ask your parents to help you apply privacy settings, where possible so that you control who can see your profile.
Online safety award
"If you care, please don't share!"
We also ask that during school performances and events, that all types of media (photos, videos etc) are not shared online, respecting the privacy of those performing/participating.