E-Safety

We make every effort to keep your cild safe online and our Cyber-Bullying and E-safety Policies can be viewed here:

Acceptable Use & E-safety Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy (refer to Appendix 1 for Cyber Bullying)

 

The following links provide practical guidance on keeping your child safe online:

Think you know - articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety

CEOP Safety Centre - report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP

Parents guide to Instagram

Parents guide to Kik Messenger

Parents guide to ooVoo

Netflix parental controls

Omegle parents guide

Parents guide to online gaming

Parents guide to You Now

Parents guide to You Tube

Share Aware NSPCC

Parents guide to Snapchat

Survive the Tech Summer Holidays

Get Safe Online - older children

Get Safe Online - younger children

Parents Guide to Snapchat

Be Share Aware

Be Web Smart

Social Media Tips for Parents

 

Childline App

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices.

The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed.

This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone they can't tell it's a Childline service.

Check out this link for more details: For Me

 

OurPact 

The following advice was received from Stockport LA 'Schools Health & Well Being Adviser' in July 2017:

OurPact  is a free parental control app which allows you to control and block the internet and Applications on individual devices in your home, teaching children proper device use and responsibility. The parental control solution gives parents the ability to manage their child’s screen time throughout the day. Parents can enforce bedtime, set dinnertime, manage study time and schedule family time throughout the day. By syncing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPods to OurPact, you can have the power to manage your entire family’s screen time & device use under one platform.

OurPact

 

Musical.ly app warning, May 2017

In terms of live streaming, parents need to know about  the associated risks and opportunities that children may face.  CEOP  have  produced an article  with colleagues at ParentInfo that informs parents what to be aware of and how to talk to their child about live streaming  and musically.

www.parentinfo.org/article/live-streaming-a-parent-s-guide .

.Musical.ly is a popular app designed for people to create and share short music videos (15 seconds or less). It is free to download. In its terms of service it states that it is not to be used by anyone under the age of 13, and by using the software you are affirming that you are at least 18 years of age.

Many parents do not realise that Musical.ly is a social media platform, where it is easy to connect and share with other people. The default settings are set to public where any other member of the ‘Musical.ly community’ can access your videos and vice versa. Musical.ly does contain adult content and so parents should explore the app themselves so that they have a good understanding of the content included within the app.

CEOP recommend looking into the privacy settings and restricting access to their child’s videos. Users can make their Musical.ly account private, which means their videos are only available to people they have previously  approved. To make an account private, go to the user’s Musical.ly profile (by tapping the ‘head’ icon at the bottom of the screen) and then tap on the settings gear icon in the top right hand corner. Select Settings > Private Account. Once this is selected, the user will then have to approve anyone who wishes to follow them and view their videos. Musical.ly has a function for users to send messages to each other (the lightning bolt icon at the bottom of the screen). The messages section also informs a user when another user is following them and/or has liked their videos. To block a user on Musical.ly go to their profile and press on the “...” icon in the upper right corner, and select “block this user.”

www.internetmatters.org/hub/expert-opinion/musical-ly-app-parents-need-know/        

www.parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically  

 

Roblox warning, March 2017

We have been alerted to the fact that many children  are enjoying using a game called Roblox at the moment.  The game is created by its users, meaning that obscene and pornographic images can be posted by anybody with a Roblox account for children to see. Users also report frequent bad language and anti-social, bullying behaviour. It is also associated with computer viruses as children who want to get better at the game are drawn to other websites which claim to give them secret tips or ‘hacks’ to help them advance further, and these websites then install harmful viruses on your home computer or device. Perhaps most worrying though is the game’s chat function. Children from  Stockport schools have been contacted on here by unknown figures, claiming to be children interested in playing the game, but who may well have been predatory adults. Please talk to your children about whether they use Roblox. Remind them of the need to only accept friend requests from people they know in real life, to never, ever give out personal information about themselves, and to report any images or behaviour to you and the game’s moderators that make them feel uncomfortable.