We make every effort to keep our students safe online and our Cyber-Bullying and E-safety Policies can be viewed here:
Anti-Bullying Policy (refer to Appendix 1 for Cyber Bullying)
Click on this link to view a leaflet that outlines some social media advice for parents. Social Media
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
Get Safe Online - older children
Get Safe Online - younger children
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
The following advice was received from Stockport LA 'Schools Health & Well Being Adviser' in January 2018:
What is a Snapchat streak?
Streaks count how many consecutive days two people have been sending Snaps to each other. Every day they send a Snap their streak gets longer.
How do you know if you have a streak?
A streak is shown next to a contact’s name on the Snapchat app. A streak is symbolised by a little picture of a flame and the number of days the streaks has gone on for. Only the two people involved in the streak can see this.
Why are young people so interested in streaks?
Streaks give users a sense of competition and friendship. A lot of young people want to get streaks to rivals their friends, or to show that they have a very close friendship with a particular contact.
However, there can be pressure to respond on a daily basis and it may affect their self-esteem if they feel that others have stronger friendships.
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.
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.
.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.”
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.