Online Safety

 

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles. But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems

 

 Please find below some information and resources you may find useful in order to keep your child safe online and to teach them about the risks of being online

 

It's extremely difficult for parents to stay fully in-touch with the ever changing array of social media. The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to produce an excellent guide.

 

 

 

 

If you have any concerns at all about online safety, you need to report them, click here to learn about how to report concerns to the police.

 

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Please click below for a really useful practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.

Practical guide for parents and carers

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Below is a link to Net Aware which is a fantastic resource to support parents around social media networks. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.

Click here to visit the Net Aware Site

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CEOP launch a new resource for eight-to-ten year olds called 'Play Like Share'

 

CEOP have launched a brand new resource Play Like Share. This three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online such as sharing content. Please click Here

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Online Apps

Many of our older pupils have started to use apps that are available that allow us to create, share, and discover short music videos one of which being musical.ly APP.  However, it is important that parents / carers fully understand the apps that they are allowing their children to use.

Further information can be found at the following link: https://protectyoungeyes.com/content/musically/

Please ensure that your children are safe when online. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Midgley or Miss Coward for further information

 

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Gooseberry Planet

Now children have so much at their fingertips, with tablets and smart phones giving them full internet access from the privacy of their bedrooms, or outside our homes and schools. Our biggest challenge is how do I protect my own children?

Gooseberry Planet addresses this concern that millions of parents share. We need to engage with our children in a better way to discuss the possible dangers of being online, and what a more perfect way to engage with our children than to actually give them a game. 

Please click here for more info

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 Internet safety strategy

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that work has started on a new internet safety strategy for children and young people. Work will focus on four main priorities: how to help young people help themselves; helping parents face up the dangers and discuss them with children; industry’s responsibilities to society; and how technology can help provide solutions.

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport