This information is a reminder about young children’s developing and growing brain and the impact of what children watch or play in games and screens. As a school we have a Safeguarding duty to ensure children are not accessing inappropriate games/videos. To help keep children safe online parents should:
- Make sure parental controls are set on home broadband and devices
- Make sure you know what sites they are visiting and have passwords
- Make sure that they are using devices in sight and in earshot so you are aware of what content they are accessing.
The NSPCC provide clear advice and keep your child safe online
There is much research regarding this impact and links to a child’s behaviour, sleep pattern and mental health later in life. Young children use their experiences in their play and re-enact scenes. Young children are not able to understand what is real and what is not.
Current research says that `educational` games used with a parent can enhance learning in short sessions. But the negative impact of why children under 12 should not play or view games that show violence. Why? Because it reduces the growth of the frontal lobes – an important part of the brain. This impacts on attention, memory and impulse control. It increases aggressive behaviour, angry feelings/behaviour. The recommendation is no violent games for under 6 and restricted shooting games for under 12.
We do understand that children enjoy acting out Superhero play and we try really hard to plan to effectively engage with this play, but when the play becomes more real, rather than fantasy it impacts on many others play and for some children is very real and scary.
- The behaviours they see transfer to real life and they act them out
- Reduces and impacts on social skills
- Lower school results
Games and videos have a recommended age for all of the above reasons. Please see below;
Please monitor what your child watches/plays – here is a list of PEGI age recommendations
|Minecraft Age 7+||Overwatch Legendary Age 13+|
|Roblox Age 10+||Destiny 2 Age 13+|
|On Rush Age 10+||Game of Thrones Age Over 16|
|Splatoon Age 10+||Halo – Age Over 16|
|Arms Age 10+||Call of Duty/ Black Ops – Age 18+|
|Fortnite Age 12+||Grand Theft Auto – Age 18+|
An app made just for children. YouTube Kids is a safer alternative to YouTube. It was created to give children a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore on their own, and easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey as they discover new and exciting interests along the way
Parents should be with their children when watching/ playing games or accessing YouTube.
Digiduck’s big decision
An eSafety resource for young children
Help arrives just in time for Digiduck when faced with a difficult decision!
Follow Digiduck and his friends in this story of friendship and responsibility online.
The Digiduck collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3-7 about how to be a good friend online.
The collection now includes a book, PDF and interactive app.
A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents
Please remember to tell your child that if they tell you about getting into trouble online, you will be very proud of them – and that you won’t take their device off them. This will ensure that they come back to tell you if they are ever in trouble.
E-safety advice for parents – this gives useful information and websites to keep your child safe on-line
Parent Zone and CEOP information.