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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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  • EQT Digital Leaders

    Published 16/12/22, by Peter Cresswell


    We are the year 5/6 digital leaders across the Equals Trust: Heymann, Abbey Road, Keyworth, Tollerton, Burton Joyce, Cropwell Bishop, Robert Miles Junior, Brookside, Flintham, Richard Bonnington, Willow Farm and Crossdale.

    You can easily recognise us by the blue digital leaders badges that we wear. At least one student from each school joined together in December 2022 to discuss online safety and messages we wanted pupils in our schools to have with the Christmas holidays coming up. We were then all involved in writing articles in these  issues - hopefully, making them a fun and interesting read!

    We hope the issues below, aimed at Y3/4 and Y5/6, help you and your family stay safe on the internet :-)

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  • RSE Day - Thursday 25/6/20

    Published 25/06/20, by Padraig McKenna
    Today is RSE Day. (RSE stands for Relations and Sex Education.) We typically cover the RSE objectives for each year group during the summer term. This year this is not going to be possible so we will cover any objectives missed in the autumn term and
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  • Speak out Stay Safe

    Published 05/06/20, by Peter Cresswell


    Primary school children across the UK can join Ant and Dec and David Walliams at 9.30am on Friday 5 June for a special assembly in partnership with the Department for Education.

    The NSPCC normally come in to school once a year to remind the children of the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and how they can speak out if they are worried. This would be a good use of 20 minutes on a Friday morning!

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  • Concerned about Tik Tok?

    Published 08/03/20, by Peter Cresswell

    Tik Tok has been mentioned in school again recently so we thought that you might like to have some more information about it if you were not familiar with it. Tik Tok is very popular but unfortunately can sometimes cause very negative behaviour, which in turn causes children to become worried. Trends can often spread very quickly via the Tik Tok app and we have had cases where children come into school worried that the latest negative trend is going to happen to them.

    We take this very seriously at school and reassure the children that school is a safe environment.

    New trends happen so fast that staff may not be aware of them so please help us to be vigilant and let school  know if you have any concerns about a clip that your child has watched and been upset by.

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  • Online Safety meeting for parents

    Published 05/02/20, by Peter Cresswell

    Thanks to those who joined us for our Online Safety meeting last night. A copy of the slides we used during the presentation can be found below - these will be useful for all parents. Please pop in if you have any questions.

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  • Get kids' tech set up safe

    Published 26/01/20, by Peter Cresswell


    Give your child the power to create, connect and share safely online with our step-by-step controls and privacy guides. Click here:


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  • Positive parenting

    Published 10/01/20, by Peter Cresswell

    Need-to-know: how to set boundaries and build positive relationships

    Balancing the various demands parents have to cope with isn't easy and all parents can come under pressure or stress from time to time.

    This guide shares practical advice and tips for positive parenting techniques that work well for children - from babies to teenagers. These techniques encourage better behaviour and help parents find out what works for them and their child.

    The guide is also a valuable resource for services and professionals offering parenting advice to new parents and those caring for young children or teenagers.

    See below...

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  • EQT Digital Leaders

    Published 13/12/19, by Peter Cresswell

    See below for the latest edition of our Digital Leaders magazine - there are lots of tips about esafety for adults and children.

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  • Fortnite - Chapter 2 - A Guide for PArents

    Published 17/10/19, by Padraig McKenna

    Please find attached to this post a free guide for parents on Fortnite: Chapter 2.

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  • Parental controls

    Published 20/07/19, by Peter Cresswell

    Parental controls are an important way to keep your child safe online.

    Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. And the good news is parental controls are really easy to set up.

    Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, we can help.

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