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e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Short Heath Junior School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here -https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-GB/xbox-one-privacy-and-online-safety#8951e57ae4b34346af430b3b50e7e3a6
Websites for more information
Please click on the link to go to the relevant site:
Social Media Guide. Find out more about the safety features available on these popular social networks.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox 360 settings, Blackberry settings, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. They are well worth a read and some are attached below for you to download.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Recently, we have looked at the dangers of sexting and sending/posting inappropriate messages.
Click on the link below to take you to the thinkuknow website:
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP. There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.
Click on the links below to access resources and information to help keep you safe online.
A Youtuber called Chad Wild Clay posts Youtube videos that look and sound very child friendly but when you watch them they are actually about weapons - knives, knuckle gloves that can have blades attached, concealed knives in everyday objects.
The most concerning thing is that these videos are targeting younger children and there is no age restriction attached. The most concerning thing is that if parents glanced at the youtube video they would think it is suitable for their children to watch as it is just like the videos where children are opening surprise toys.
As part of National Online Safety's #WakeUpWednesday campaign, there is a free 'conversation starter' poster about online safety. The guide includes 7 questions to get 'the conversation' going in relation to your child's internet usage. Engaging in regular, two-way communication with children about online activities is a really important way of building trust and highlighting the dangers they are exposed to every day.
Please access links here:
As part of the
#WakeUp campaign, there is a free Reddit guide for parents/carers which covers what they need to know how to help safeguard children from potential online risks including; online payments, inappropriate and potentially harmful content, trolling, fake news and more.
Please monitor the use of the game Roblox - we have been made aware of a very concerning incident locally of grooming of children (not at Short Heath).
Houseparty - Group Video Chat is a video-focused social media app. Friends (and friends of friends) can communicate with each other via live video and texts. Because there's no screening and the video is live, there's always the possibility of inappropriate content for children. Please consider making sure that children/young people are aware of the risks where appropriate.
We would like to make you aware of the YOTI app which has been verified as legitimate by the National Crime Agency.
Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.
The child is also required to verify their identity and age which is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.
Below are a couple of online resources which contain details regarding this service:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.
YouTube can be an excellent resource for songs, stories and educational content. It has become a staple of our digital lives, but we need to be careful, as we would with any online content.
It has been brought to our attention that a number of our pupils have their own YouTube channels, where they share videos of themselves or their friends and family. It is a serious safeguarding concern if these videos are open to the public, as this means that they can not only be viewed by anyone, but also be commented on by anyone.
This could lead to the attention of online trolls, which can be an extremely unpleasant experience for those on the receiving end of vicious comments. The school social media policy therefore advocates that all videos that pupils upload to their YouTube accounts be made private. You can find out more by clicking on the link below:
Please remember that no parental controls are ever a substitute for a real parent. Make sure your child is near to you when using these, have a conversation about how to safely use this resource, and explain what to do if they see something that they are uncomfortable with.
Alternatively, there are children's apps including YouTube Kids, you may choose to try.
Please be aware of the following apps:
Roblox. Reports that children who are playing it are being contacted by adult strangers and that there are naked computer characters walking around the game. Please be aware.
The anonymous-commentary app launched in February; loosely translated, its name means “honesty” in Arabic. The app, theoretically, does what it says on the tin: It allows users to submit honest comments, questions, and critiques to their peers. How do you know they’re honest? Because the comments are submitted anonymously.
Please consider what messages you wish to share as the app is starting to have reports of incidents of bullying.
Live me - we want to make parents aware of concerns about children and young people using a popular live streaming mobile app Live.me. The app allows its users to post live broadcasts and receive “tips” from other users for completing specific tasks during live broadcasts. These “tips” are in the form “gold coins” and can be exchanged for money. Users then have the ability to either delete the recording of the live broadcast or post it on their profile. The app also does not have any restrictions on the age an individual needs to be to create an account.
Understandably, this app has attracted young people who may not be equipped to understand the dangers of recording and sharing sexual videos or engaging in sexual activity while streaming live video feeds. They need to understand that anyone on the other end of the live feed can capture a still image or video of them engaged in that activity – all without their knowledge.
This social networking app randomly connects users with people using Snapchat for a short live video chat, with the option of adding the person on Snapchat to continue the connection. Before connecting, users can see the ‘alleged’ age and gender of the potential ‘friend’ and can choose to accept the video chat or not. Be aware that there is no verification of age and the app relies on random introductions. Personal information is collected and can be shared. Dangers include inappropriate contact and content shared live between users.
28.06.17 Another week, another app raising a safeguarding concern.
Last week, SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Well worth a read to share with anyone you know who uses the app.
Further reading: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)
15.05.17 We have been made aware of an Online game called ‘Blue Whale’. We would like to inform parents that this game is not suitable for children. This game includes dangerous tasks that need to be completed.
Please be vigilant and discuss your child’s internet usage with them regularly.
17.01.17 We would urge you to delete the app Roblox from your children's devices. Stop them accessing it online or supervise the use of the game closely. There are unsafe chat options within the game.
An app called Dumbsmash which is a video messaging app where people can upload themselves singing over famous songs and then choose to share via whatsapp, facebook, instagram or via a text message. It is not intended for children under 18 and you must be 18 or 13 years or older with parents permission to use it. There is also a questions and answers site about the app which talks about Dumbsmash 2. Dumbsmash 2 has nothing to do with the Dumbsmash app as it is a malware app that hides itself on phones and then pushes users to p**n sites. As soon as it is set up, the icon deletes itself and runs it in the background without the users knowledge.
Vodafone produce a very informative magazine aimed at parents. It's called 'Digital Parenting' and has a wide range of information and advice about online safety. It is well worth a read.