At the beginning of this term we carried out an eSafety questionnaire with children in years 1-6 to gain an insight into their understanding and use of the Internet both at home and school.
We would like to share with you some of the results.
On average 94% of children use the Internet at home, ranging from 84% in Year 1 to 100% in years 5 and 6. Of these, half said that their parents either discuss Internet safety or set Internet rules.
Over half of children said that they spent 2 hours or more on-line every school night.
A significant number of children said they were using social networking sites, all of which have minimum age requirements starting beyond primary aged children.
For your information the age restrictions are as follows:
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Oovoo and Musical.ly all have a minimum age of 13
- Skype recommends 13 but there is no legal requirement
- Hangouts is 14
- WhatsApp is 16
- YouTube and Kik has a minimum age of 18 but reduces to 13 with parental permission
- FaceTime is 18
77% of children said they play online games. The Internet is a wonderful tool in our fast paced world when used safely and responsibly. It is therefore important that we ensure our children are aware of the risks and use it appropriately.
As a school we are further raising the profile of ESafety with age appropriate discrete lessons, classroom displays, termly assemblies and regular reminders whenever using the internet. We will also be participating in ‘Safer Internet Day’ in February next year. In addition, termly newsletter updates from Hfl will be forwarded to staff and parents along with any other information that is brought to our attention.
If you would like to find out more about ESafety or have any concerns please speak to your child’s teacher, a member of the computing team or alternatively follow the useful links on the school’s website.