Children’s Mission Statement
At Northcote, computing is used daily, in all different subjects. Computing helps us learn skills and gets us ready for our future work-life. We learn computing skills in computing lessons and in other lessons too: geography, maths, D&T and others. Computing is always supervised by adults so that everyone is safe; learning how to be safe online is our priority. Northcote’s aim is to keep children safe online and give them the knowledge to be able to do so. We are taught to act sensibly, respectfully and responsibly and know what actions should be taken if anything inappropriate happens online. The teachers also provide parents and carers with up-to-date information so that everyone can work together in keeping children safe online.
Note to parents: Please check the age ratings/settings for computer games.
Fortnite chat raises stranger danger fears from NSPCC
Some games such as Fortnite have voice and text chat systems in the game and are leaving children open to being contacted by strangers.
The warning comes after research by the charity suggested 25% of children had been contacted online by strangers.
It advised parents to turn off the voice chat system in the game to ensure children avoided inappropriate contact.
The NSPCC said parents should:
- let children know they could talk to them if upset or worried by anything they had seen online
- familiarise themselves with what their children did online and understand why they liked particular apps or games
- agree family rules on how to use apps, sites and games
- use privacy settings and parental controls to keep children safe
Information for parents
parents leaflet online safety.pdf
Our staff are happy to help if you need support or advice.
Safer Internet Week 2019
(Week beginning Monday 1st April)
The focus for this year’s Safer Internet week is ‘together for a better internet’. Watch this space for our latest work!
We have been learning how to use the internet safely.
Social Media How to guides
Social Media information
Reddit parent guide
Vine Parent guide
Tumblr Parent Guide
Games Console Safety
Games Console safety features
On the PlayStation 3 ® guardians can set security levels to restrict access to games depending on age ratings. DVD and Blu-ray movies can also be blocked completely.
To set security levels:
1. To set game level, from the Main menu scroll across using the to settings and then down to Security Settings. Press to select.
2. Scroll down to Parental Controls and press .
3. Enter your PIN Number then press (the default PIN Number if you have not previously changed is 0000).
4. Select required Security Level by scrolling from Off to Levels 1-11. Press to confirm.
5. The following settings provide a guide corresponding with PEGI ratings:
2- PEGI 3+ 3 – PEGI 7+ 5- 5- PEGI 12+ 7 – PEGI 16+ 9- PEGI 18+
6. The PIN can be changed from the Security Settings menu.
The XBOX 306® allows you to restrict access to games depending on a game’s age classification. You can also add a timer, restricting just how long each day or weeks your children can play.
1. From the Main menu scroll across to the System Tab on the right using
2. Scroll down to the second option on this tab. Family Settings and press the A button to select.
3. Scroll on Console Controls and press A.
4. Enter you 4 digit pass code (if you haven’t previously set a pass code you will need to set one on the Control Consoles menu by selecting Set Pass Code).
5. Scroll to Games Ratings and press A
6. Now scroll to the age rating you wish to apply and press A. Users will be able to play games up to but not over this rating.
To limit games played by time:
1. Scroll to Family Timer, and on the Console Controls menu press A.
2. Scroll up and down to choose daily or weekly limits and press A.
3. Then scroll to the time bar 45 minutes and to set usage time in minutes.
4. Scroll down to Continue and press A. Exit and save the settings by scrolling down to Done and press A. When you are asked if you wish to save the settings, scroll to Yes, save changes and press A
PEGI Codes for Games & Films
PEGI Codes are the codes that are used on games and DVD’s. They are there to give you as much information about the suitability of a game for your child. The age limits are not about how easy the game is but about what your child is being exposed to.
The Aim of this page is to put all information on how to keep yourself and your family safe whilst on the internet. There are so many ways in which people can now access the internet, not just via a conventional computer:
Nintendo DS, to name but a few.
Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing when on line to protect them from others and to ensure they are not putting themselves in danger by giving out too much information.
On-line safety advice
How to stay safe online
Check out our new monthly online newsletter!
Parenting in the Digital Age – Advice for parents on all aspects of the internet.
Follow these simple ideas for ways to keep your family safe on line
A joint venture between, Virgin Media, BT, Talk Talk and Sky giving advice for parents on who to keep their children safe on line at home.
The South West Grid for Learning has lots of helpful advice for parents and teachers
‘Now knowing is not enough’ for parents from ee.
Know IT All for Parents from Childnet International
UK Safer Internet Centre
Get Safe Online
Family Online Safety Institute
Internet Watch Foundation
Video Game information
Is this game the right age for my child – This site will help you find out about age classifications on Computer Games
Look for this logo when using wifi out and about.
NSPCC – How to stay safe online
Note for parents
Use of Social Media
Most people today take part in online activities and social media. It can be fun, interesting and keeps us connected when used responsibly.
We have two social media platforms linked to our school. (We do not have a Facebook or Instagram account).
We like to keep you up to date on the Northcote school website where you can access key information about our school.
You can follow all our exciting activities and events on Northcote Twitter.
Use of personal accounts
We ask that you use common sense when discussing school life online.
‘Think before you post’ We ask that social media, whether public or private, should not be used to comment or voice complaints against the school, school staff, parents or children.
We have a school complaints and concerns procedure in school, which we you ask you to follow. (See Policies page on the website). This is so that we can deal with your complaints and concerns in the appropriate manner. Class teachers are always available at the end of the day to address any problems you might have.
We take very seriously inappropriate use of social media by a parent to publicly humiliate or criticise another parent, member of staff or child. We will request that any inappropriate comments are removed and advice sought from Legal Services.