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Online Safety Advice for Parents

Online Safety Advice

 

 

We receive information from various groups about the dangers of children being on line and accessing inappropriate websites and materials. When we have this information it will be posted on this page to keep you up to date.

 

National Online Safety App

 

You can get up to date information on online safety by subscribing to the National Online Safety app. Just put National Online Safety into your search bar for your apps and download. It will ask what school your child is at and for an email. if you enable notifications this will ensure you are sent important information regarding online safety.

 

Childline Poster

CEOP

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

 

This is a very valuable site which gives parents, staff and children advice on what to do if they are worried about what their child is doing or interacting with online. Please use the link below for more information:

CEOP Button

Information about Vaping

 

Increasingly, vaping is becoming more of an issue for our children. The disposable vapes look like sweets and seem aimed at young children. The information below from Action for Children contains some important information.

What Parents and Carers need to know about W App

 

W App, previously known as Slay, is the subject of the last guide of this academic year.

Stayng Safe Online during the summer

 

The last guide for this academic year advises how you and your child can stay safe online during the holidays!

Staying safe online this summer

Amino

 

This week's online safety guide is all about Amino.

What Parents and Carers need to know about Amino

AI Virtual Friends

 

This week's guide is all about AI Virtual Friends.

What Parents and Carers Need to know about AI Virtual Friends

What parents and carers need to know about Anime

 

This week's guide from National Oneline Safety looks at Anime.

What parents and carers need to know about Anime

What Parents and Carers need to know about Influencers

What Parents and Carers need to know about Influencers

 

This week's online safety guide has information about Influencers. In the main these people can be found on YouTube.

Looking after wellbeing on line

Looking after your wellbeing online

 

The contribution from National Online Safety this week is about looking after our children's wellbeing on line.

Telegram

 

This week's online safety advice is all about the communication app Telegram. It is far more likely that children will use newer type apps, such as this one, for their communication than the ones that their parents use. 

Safely Using Smart Watches

 

This week's guide is all about using Smart Watches safely! They are a wonderful tool but please remember if they are going to be worn at school they must not be able to connect to the internet nor must they be able to make calls or send texts.

Safely Using Smart Watches

WIZZ

 

This week's online safety guidance concerns the social media platform WIZZ. It is in some ways similar to a dating platform putting users in touch with each other. The app does use age verification but parents need to know about this!

What parents and carers need to know about WIZZ.

What Parents & Carers Need to Know about OFCOM’s Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2023

 

A free online safety guide on OFCOM’s Children & Parents: Media Use & Attitudes Report 2023.

Ofcom’s annual ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes’ report provides a comprehensive picture of how young people used and interacted with the internet in the preceding year. It’s a fascinating snapshot of what games and apps young people are currently favouring, how long they spend online and how tastes change at certain ages. 

 

While some of Ofcom’s latest findings will probably come as scant surprise (YouTube being by far the most popular platform among under-18s, for instance), other conclusions may raise an eyebrow or two. This special #WakeUpWednesday guide presents some of the report’s most eye-catching facts and figures in an accessible infographic format.

 

In the guide you'll find statistics and trends such as the current most popular platforms for young people and the proportion of children in each age group who play online games.

 

Two guides for you this week. One is regarding Echo Chambers while the second concerns Fortnite Chapter 4.

Fortnite Chapter 4

Echo Chambers

Top Tips for Passwords

 

This weeks guide involves online passwords. I think this information is relevant for parents as well as our children. I read it with interest and will be changing some of mine as a result!

Creating Safe Habits for Your Children on Line

 

Please see below for the latest information from the Online Safety team about developing safe habits when online.

What parents and carers need to know about I Pads.

 

The I Pad has become almost a normal part of family life with it or other tablets being available in nearly every home. This latest guide from National Online Safety, points to the advantages and the possible problems with using such devices.

What parents and carers need to know about IPads

Internet Watch Foundation

TALK

 

As I have mentioned before the school employs a tight filtering service which prevents children from accessing inappropriate materials.

At home you may have access to internet filtering and it is important that this is in place.

Each week we receive an update from Andrew Hall a children's Safeguarding specialist and this week he has highlighted the work of Internet Watch Foundation who have provided a checklist entitled TALK to support parents in keeping their homes safe. This site can be found by clicking the link below:

https://talk.iwf.org.uk/

I recommend that parents have a look at this and take appropriate action.

Online Safety Presentation

 

Please find below the online safety presentation offered on the 2nd March 2023. If you have any questions about the presentation or would like to know more please make an appointment to discuss this with Mr Cornish, our Headteacher and Online Safety lead.

NGL - Not Gonna Lie

 

Please find below the latest guide from National Online Safety. I had not even heard of NGL - Not Gonna Lie so it was an interesting read for me! If you are aware of any particular apps or sites that children are using and you want to know more about them please let the office know so we can pass this on to the experts at National Online Safety.

 

The pace of change is very fast so please come weekly to keep checking for information.

What parents and carers need to know about Not Going to Lie

Spotify

 

Please find below information that you need to know with regard to your children's use of Spotify.

What parents and carers need to know about Spotify

Artifical Intelligence

 

Over the past couple of weeks lots of information has come to light with regard to artificial intelligence and the various ways this can be used. This guide will help parents navigate this area.

What parents and carers need to know about artificial intelligence

If you click the CEOP button it will take you straight to their pages where you can report abuse.

Gaming

This week as well as having Internet Safety day on Tuesday with its theme of 'Talk About It' is also a mental health awareness week. It is all too tempting for parents and carers only to see a negative side to our children's fascination with the games that they play. This week's guide below discusses ten positive features of gaming which is important to bare in mind!

 

 

Parents and Carers Guide to how Gaming can be a positive for children and young people

Internet Safety Day - Tuesday February 7th 2023

 

The theme of the day is Want To Talk About It? Making Space For Conversations About Life Online. On the day there will be an Assembly focusing on the theme and throughout the week children will undertake activities in their classes to ensure that they know the importance of communicating!

 

Below are some websites specifically for parents to advise them on how to have these conversations and generally about making sure children stay safe online.

Encouraging Open Conversations About Online Safety

 

Tuesday 7th February, 2023 in Internet Safety Day and the theme this year is Want To Talk About It - Making Space for Conversations About Life Online. This weeks alert from National Online Safety is particularly pertinent giving advice about this vitally important issue.

 

The internet is a wonderful environment for everyone to use but it has to be used safely and with all users aware of the possible threats and dangers. Having regular conversations about your child's online activities is a good way of making sure that they know the risks and keep themeselves safe.

 

Building Online Resilience

 

Please see the information below about building online safety resilience for your children. The information comes from the National Online Safety as part of their regualar weekly updates.

Building Online Resilience

Twitter

Please see the file below for what parents and carers need to know about Twitter.

What parents and carers need to know about Twitter

World of Warcraft

 

Please find below advice on the World of Warcraft game from the Online Safety hub.

Advice for Parents and Carers on World of Warcraft

Benefits and the dangers of Gaming

 

The world of Gaming is not all negative. Please see the link below from the SWGFL (South West Grid for Learning) which discusses the benefits as well as the risks of Gaming.

Fortnite and the Battle Royale Feature

 

The internet matters organisation have published information for parents regarding the use of the Battle Royale feature on Fortnite, it is well worth a read.

Facebook's Metaverse

 

Please see the link to the NSPCC which deals with the dangers of Facebook's metaverse with their use of Virtual Reality headsets.

Using New Devices

 

Advice from National Online Safety on using new devices! It would be great to share this with your child!

Staying Safe on New Devices

Parental Controls

 

With Christmas fast approaching it is a good idea to ensure that all new devices as well as those which your children already have, have appropriate parental controls set up. The NSPCC provide some valuable information on how to do this.

 

There is also advice from the National Online Safety Platform. Please see below for their document.

Setting up Parental Controls

What parents and carers need to know about Hi Pal.

What parents need to know about mental health and social media

Using social media has plenty of potential benefits for young people: it helps them stay connected to their friends, hear contrasting views on the world, find reassurance or support, and ease social anxiety. It also brings, however, a corresponding number of negative possibilities – including compulsive use, unhealthy comparisons with others online and exposure to harmful content.

Ironically – for a medium designed to enable engagement with other people – social platforms can actually lead to children feeling increasingly isolated and lonely, taking an obvious toll on their mental wellbeing. 

 

Andrew Hall Safeguarding

 

Andrew Hall provides valuable information to schools on a weekly basis regarding issues with regard to online safety. This week he has published this information with regard to TikTok:

 

TikTok has now raised its Livestreaming Age Requirement to 18 (BBC News)   TikTok has frequently been called out for its glaring failures to protect under 18s which use its service. With its flashy images, easily digestible content and ‘childlike’ feel it has always been popular among school aged children. A fact which has made its safeguarding failures all the more worrying. The platform’s attempt to ban under 18s seems to be unfeasible however, and so it is as important as ever to be aware of its usage in the classroom. In particular, its gift function can easily be manipulated in order to commit criminal acts against children. As such wariness around the app should not be lowered as a result. To find out more about what motivated their decision, and its potential outcomes head over to the page linked below: 

 

What parents and carers need to know about Tik Tok

Call of Duty Warzone

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Please find below some information from the LGFL (London Grid for Learning) this contains valuable advice for parents regarding keeping your children safe online.

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