In computing, we aim to inspire pupils to be active participants in an ever changing world increasingly transformed by technology. At the core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of computing: how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
The children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, investigate images and data and create a range of content. In this subject area, there is a clear shift from children just as users of technology, to children using technology as creators and future innovators, too. A crucial element of learning in this area is ensuring that our children know how to use the internet and other technologies safely and responsibly through our online safety curriculum.
We also aim to enhance and support learning in other areas of the curriculum through the use of interactive learning tools such as MyMaths and BugClub.
At Stoneydown we have been noticing an increasing number of children talking about the game ‘Fortnite’. Fortnite is an online game which has recently attracted some press attention around health and safety concerns for younger children. Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12 due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’. This PEGI rating only takes into account the content in the game and not the contact element, where players may be exposed to swearing and offensive language from strangers in voice or on-screen text chat.
Many children are reporting to us playing the game for several hours a day, often with large groups of strangers, some of whom could be adults. We are concerned that they are at risk of becoming addicted and putting their health, safety and school work in jeopardy.
The following leaflet provides guidance to parents about Fortnite, looking at what the game is and some of the things to be aware of. We would strongly advise parents if your child is playing Fortnite or other similar games to look carefully at the risks and have an open and honest conversation with your child about their gaming.
Fortnite Parents' Guide