Digital well-being is an important issue for schools, pupils and parents. At Bridgewater we are committed to ensuring that this is addressed to pupils routinely and regularly throughout the school year. Pupils receive a CEOP course in Year 7 and repeated assemblies/PSHE lessons to increase their awareness. We will also run Parents’ Information Evenings as appropriate and will update this part of the website with advise for parents to ensure that you are better equipped to support your sons and daughters.
We have recently amended our e-safety policy (along with a full “360” review of our provision in collaboration with the governing body) and will continue to revise this as appropriate throughout the year. This can be found in the Safeguarding section of this page (entitled Online Safety Policy).
NEW ADDITION – 30th July
We have a new subscription to National Online Safety, part of which is to receive guidance sheets on whatever the latest online/social media “craze” is. Here is their recent release about FaceApp along with some general guidance for parents/carers of children who use a Nintendo Switch or Virtual Reality:
Our Esafety Ambassadors now meet regularly to help keep us all up to date with the latest apps and social media crazes which may be positive experiences for many but can have dangers of negative usage. The latest to be mentioned is called “Yolo”. See this very recent news piece for further information:
Our Y7 students were shown this PowerPoint in assembly today regarding the use of social media. It also contains this useful link containing guidance for pupils: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrln8nyVBLU&feature=youtu.be
Parents/carers should be aware of this new disturbing online challenge, “Momo”, directed at children:
Here is a list of websites for parents as recommended by Cheshire Police in their recent e-safety presentation at Bridgewater. The first is particularly useful in providing key summaries, including what the potential dangers are, of each new app/game that emerges.
Some parents may have read stories in the press relating to a game called Doki Doki or Doki Doki Literature Club. At the moment, police have warned:
We believe this game is a risk to children and young people especially those that are emotionally vulnerable and anyone with existing mental health concerns.
I would ask parents to check the sites their children are using on a regular basis, as websites like this aren’t flagged up by normal firewall settings.
It’s also really important to discuss with your children which games and apps are suitable, and ensure they understand why others aren’t appropriate to use.
If you see your child using content online that you don’t feel is suitable, please make sure you report this…so that the relevant agencies are informed and can assess the risk posed by that game or app.
Developed by the American-based Team Salvato, Doki Doki Literature Club was released last year and is free to download and play.
No proof of age required to play and the game comes with the warning: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.”
A new platform has come to our attention called YUBO which is being dubbed “Tinder for Teens”.
Here is some information regarding this from National Online Safety:
As the game FORTNITE grows in popularity, here is a handy guide for parents created by the Safer Internet Centre:
..and here’s another from Common Sense Media:
As part of our commitment to Safer Internet Day, here is a new information sheet focused in particular on live streaming:
Live Streaming Ebooklet
Here is a new link regarding the use of the popular online game Roblox:
Here are some links to sites which offer useful advice for parents/carers: