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‘Teachers in ‘live life well’ lessons, and in other subjects, teach pupils successfully how to keep themselves safe, including when they are online.’
Ofsted July 2018

 

Mobile phones and other electronic devices

Students may bring their mobile phones and other electronic devices to school.  Students are allowed to keep their mobile phones and electronic devices until they are handed to their form tutor at 9am, however they have been reminded that they are not allowed to take photos or videos of themselves, each other, staff or the school site and buildings. These devices remain the responsibility of the student until they are handed in to their form tutor at 9am.   They are stored securely by the form tutor until they are returned to the student at 3.35pm. Students are not allowed access to their phones or electronic devices during the school day (between 9am and 3.35pm).

 

Information Links

Latest advice from the Department of Education

Internet Safety Guide

YouTube safety factsheet

Stranger Danger

Online Safety Presentation – Feb 2019

The Tablet Revolution

http://www.reviewlab.com/online-safety-guide/

Click the link below to view ‘Exploited’ by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
http://youtu.be/qORv-TgI4JI

Click the link below to view ‘Where’s Klaus’ also by CEOP
http://youtu.be/-IOOn2wR8bU

 

Useful websites

www.facebook.com/safety/

www.surfnetkids.com/tech/facebook/

www.safekids.com

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.learnmyway.com/subjects/online-safety/

https://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/

www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/parents-carers

https://www.brook.org.uk/

www.paceuk.info

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.parentport.org.uk

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/parentsguide

www.theparentzone.co.uk

www.hotspotshield.com/resources/teens-guide-to-cyber-security/

 

Do you know what your daughter does online?

There have been a number of alarming stories about online safety in the news recently: 

  • Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than on any other online platform. Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where a method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%. (Source: BBC News, 1st March 2019)
  • YouTube says it will switch off comments on almost all videos featuring under-18s, in an attempt to “better protect children and families”. Several brands stopped advertising on YouTube after discovering that paedophiles were leaving predatory comments on videos of children. (Source: BBC News, 28th February 2019)
  • The Momo challenge was exposed as a hoax. (Source: The Guardian, 28th February 2019)
  • Popular video sharing app TikTok has received the largest ever fine from a US regulator for violating children’s privacy. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that the Musical.ly app, now owned by TikTok, illegally collected personal information from children under the age of 13. (Source: The Independent, 28th February 2019)

In order to protect your children you need to be involved in their online world. Ask yourself, do you know what your daughter does online? If the answer is no you may benefit from following these tips: 

Tip 1: Find out what your daughter spends her time doing online and do it together. Ask them to show you their favourite websites, apps or games, talk to them about how they work, why they enjoy them, and play or try them together.

Tip 2: Set boundaries on gadget use. Agree with your daughter how often they can use their devices each day and where they can use them, and keep an eye on them to ensure they stick to it.

Tip 3: Make sure your daughter’s social network privacy settings are locked down.

By taking an interest in what your daughter does online and discussing any issues that arise you can prevent any serious problems from occurring.

 

Phishing Emails

The risks from phishing are huge. 4.5 million cyber-crimes were committed in England and Wales during a twelve month period in 2017-18 and yet over half of us still find it difficult to identify a scam. 

A phishing email will look like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site or government agency. It will often urge you to act quickly by clicking a link and entering your personal details such as bank account details or passwords. If you are unsure whether an email is legitimate contact the company directly using the information provided on an account statement or on the company’s official website. 

Below is a document giving you details of how to spot a phishing email.

Signs of a phishing email

You can also find more information at: 

Remember, if it smells phishy, it probably is! 

 

Friendly WiFi

When we go out for the day the first thing my teenage children do is log on to the the free WIFi. This is great as it stops them from using up their data allowance but how safe is this internet access? 

The ‘Friendly WiFi’ logo can be found across the high street in cafes, shops, restaurants, hotels and on public transport. Wherever you see the ‘Friendly WiFi’ logo you can be assured that the public WiFi offered at that venue has reached an industry recognised standard level of filtering and that access to pornography and child abuse websites, videos and images are blocked.


If filters are not placed on public WiFi services, children and young people are at risk of viewing and accessing inappropriate material. This includes pornographic and child abuse imagery, websites and videos.

Watch out for Friendly WiFi and have the peace of mind that your daughter is only accessing safe content when you are away from home. 

 

Kids love YouTube! But are young people, under the age of 16, really safe to use it without supervision or filters?

Youtube Parents Guide

 

Online Grooming

If you are bewildered by the amount of chat abbreviations people use while communicating online you are not alone! In an effort to cut down on time, and to befuddle those who do not know, people of all ages have really grabbed on to the abbreviations and emojis. Is it just a bit of fun or do you need to worry when you see your daughter using these shortcuts? 

Attached is a poster of the most commonly used abbreviations and emojis relating to child sexual exploitation. If you see any of these in messages on your daughter’s phone please  talk to her as she could be in danger of being groomed. WARNING – some of the language on the poster is quite explicit and not meant to cause any offence. 

You can find more information about how to spot online grooming or child sexual exploitation by clicking on the following links: 

https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/online-grooming/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5LDjyJX64QIVQhbTCh12Pw9sEAAYASAAEgLMDPD_BwE

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/knowing-the-signs-of-child-sexual-exploitation

 

Digital Wellbeing

What is wellbeing? Wellbeing is about feeling good and coping with the stresses of everyday life. It is a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health. However with the advance of technology and the development of new devices, apps and methods of online communication, we now have another element to consider – Digital Wellbeing!

We need to develop our understanding of how young people use digital devices and the impact this can have on their emotions, relationships, and sense of self. Should we be limiting screen time? How can we reduce eye strain? What can we do to support healthy sleep patterns? How much do you understand about features such as the endless scroll, often used on many social media platforms, which has been attributed to internet addiction and often associated with high levels of anxiety, ADHD, depression, poor time management and impulsiveness.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has recently released a guide for parents and carers to help them support children and young people across different age groups:

They provide advice on issues such as setting up parental controls, inappropriate online content and peer pressure.

We have to remember that our children are growing up in a world where technology is an integral part of everyday life. Digital devices and the internet should be there to enhance and simplify our lives rather than be a cause of distraction, worry or upset and we need to support young people in striking this balance. 

Parents and carers – Childnet

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Welcome parents and carers! In this section you will find all the information you need to keep your child safe online. Whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, this section can help.