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  • NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe

    Published 20/11/23, by Fru Westmorland
    NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme I am pleased to inform you that we are once again participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme. Speak out. Stay safe. is a programme for children aged 5-11 which aims to help chil
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  • What Parents Need To Know About Roblox

    Published 15/11/23, by Peter Cresswell

    Please read the attachment below:

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  • Should I let my child use Discord?

    Published 20/06/23, by Peter Cresswell

    Discord is an instant messaging and chat platform that allows users to communicate using voice, video or text. It is popular with the gaming community who use it to talk to people during gameplay, and swap tips about different types of games. However, recently it has grown its user base and is now used by others outside the gaming community.

    It has an age-rating of 13+.

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  • Digital Leaders

    Published 05/06/23, by Peter Cresswell

    Children from schools across Equals trust recently met to collaborate on newsletters for children in years 3-6 that focus on internet safety. Please see the links below and make time to read them with your children.

    Y 3&4

    Y 5&6

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  • Play your way to Internet Awesome!

    Published 16/04/23, by Peter Cresswell

    Interland is a playful online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun — just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat the badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies by practising the skills they need to be good digital citizens.

    Click here to play!

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  • Internet Safety - Start a Conversation

    Published 07/02/23, by Peter Cresswell

    Have a conversation

    It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online. Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help.


    Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.

    What games do you and your friends like to play online? Can you show me the websites you visit the most? Shall we play your favourite game online together?


    Ask them about how they stay safe online.

    What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?


    Ask them if they know where to go for help.

    Where can they go to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use?


    Think about how you each use the internet.

    What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?

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  • Online Safety for Younger Children

    Published 06/02/23, by Peter Cresswell

    The 4 books below provide a great opportunity to start talking about Online Safety...

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  • E-Safety Tips for Parents

    Published 30/01/23, by Peter Cresswell

    E-safety Tips - 6-10 years old...


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  • Screen Time

    Published 30/01/23, by Peter Cresswell

    We know that a part of life in recent years has been an increase in the use of screens for learning and entertainment. However, it is worth considering how too much screen time can affect children (and adults as well)! Below is a summary of research that has been carried out into the effects of screen time on children.

    • Research has shown that screens emit blue light which can disrupt the falling asleep process.  This is because they prevent the body from releasing melatonin – known as the “sleep hormone” which makes the body feel sleepy in the evening.
    • Viewing a screen instantly stimulates the brain and makes it far more difficult for the brain to “switch off”, let alone calm down and prepare to fall asleep.
    • Evidence suggests that children who are exposed to too much screen time can become irritable and fractious. This can mean hyperactivity and temper tantrums at bedtime which is something you will desperately want to avoid.
    • Constant screen watching can lead to reduced attention span and hamper memory. This, in turn, can affect learning and the healthy cognitive development of a child. Long term, this will also impact on their sleep.
    • Screen glare can put a strain on young eyes. Even as adults our eyes can get tired from being too long on a computer. So, the effect on a baby or young child can be significant.
    • The more children become accustomed to screen devices, the harder it is to remove them without a major confrontation. Which is the last thing you want at bedtime.

    Some scientists recommend that children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time whatsoever. However, some see this as quite extreme. Tablets, televisions and smartphones offer entertainment and learning opportunities for children. But parents have to exert some moderation and allow screen time in small doses. More importantly, the content of their viewing should be closely monitored and be age appropriate.


    If there is only one thing that you take away from this article, it would be to avoid screen time before bed. I suggest a “clean window” free of any screen for at least 1-2 hours before bed. This allows your child’s brain to unwind from the day’s activities and to enter a more calming, relaxed phase as you prepare for bedtime. 


    Full article here

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