The children at Wainstalls understand the growing importance of staying safe online. In the past, with guidance from Mr Riddlesden, they have created E-Safety clubs who met periodically to discuss new initiatives for the school or to simply promote E-Safety. This is in addition to receiving E-Safety lessons every term year during ICT lessons! It's about time we had a new crop of youngsters to take up the challenge and begin a new E-Safety Club. Ideally, the input will come mostly from Key Stage 2 but Class 1 and 2 should not be put off. If you would like to join E-Safety club, please speak to Mr Riddlesden and join us every Tuesday in the ICT suite.
The NSPCC have also published new safety advice in response to evolving safeguarding risks around children being exposed to the ‘Metaverse’ through new gaming devices and peripherals such as Virtual Reality headsets linked to new high powered gaming devices such as new and more powerful gaming PC’s and Microsoft PlayStation 5.
Some of the risks involve:
Experiencing physical injury
Negative impact on mental wellbeing
Experiencing unwanted contact
Encountering harmful content
Oversharing private information
Spending real money
The following NSPCC link covers this in more detail and I would encourage you all to consider adding the link to you parental guidance pages on school websites in respect of online safety: Virtual Reality Headsets | NSPCC
We would also like to share some links with you that have been really useful to us during our E-Safety lessons: