229 boys in Y1-7 completed an Online Gaming Questionnaire at school this month. Some startling results below:

  • 60% said they game 3 or more days/week
  • 76% play 1-3 hours/day
  • 38% said they have a device in their bedroom at night
  • 27% said they play with strangers or friends they’ve only met online
  • 37% play games not for their age
  • 14% said their parents don’t know what games they play
  • 8% said they are sometimes scared by the games they play
  • 17% said if they were scared online they would keep it to themselves, 76% would tell a trusted adult and 23% would tell a friend
  • 26% said they are allowed to play online whenever they want
  • 12% play later than 9pm
  • 20% play online when they are meant to be asleep
  • 75% reported feeling happy after gaming,
  • 50% reported feeling tired, sad or angry


Here are some background reading resources to help you think about how adults can support children with what they are seeing or feeling. Please read these links before sharing, to ensure that they are suitable for your community and situation.

Current information regarding Ukraine

Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine (Childnet)

We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine (Schools Week/Children’s Commissioner)

How to talk to children about what’s happening in Ukraine and World War Three anxiety (Metro)

Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation (Department for Education)


Information produced previously about war and international violence

How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert (Independent)

How to cope with traumatic news – an illustrated guide (ABC News, Australia)

Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World (Family Education, US)

Tips for parents and caregivers on media coverage of traumatic events (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, US)



We are conscious of the fact that some of your children are very young.  In line with government policy we do have to make older pupils aware of such disturbing societal concerns and provide this to parents of younger children for information.

Before Christmas some of you may have seen the documentary on the BBC and I-Player regarding peer-on-peer sexual harassment and assaults. Titled “Zara McDermott: Uncovering Rape Culture” there is an accompanying article on the BBC website. The original documentary is here , if you would like to watch it. 


The Digital Parenting magazine is the most useful, informative, helpful, well-written, well-presented, user-friendly ‘E-safety’ resource I have seen to date. I recommend that all families look at the Digital Parenting magazine. It is equally relevant to parents of infants as it is to parents of teenagers.

Articles in the most recent edition include:

  • The latest 5 apps every parent should know about
  • The dangers of fake news – and how to avoid falling for it
  • Is digital babysitting really that bad?
  • What to do if …
  • Parental controls & filtering advice

What will your family’s Covid-19 tech legacy be?

Read The Digital Parental Magazine here

Christina Alteirac

Head of Pre Prep and Junior School/ Designated Safeguarding Lead