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Shade Primary School

Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

 

INTERNET SAFETY

Ensuring every member of our community is e-safe is important  to us. No-one is too young (or too old) to learn about e-safety.

In school our children are taught about e-safety as part of their IT and PSHCE lessons.  Please reinforce these basic messages of safety at home.

Scroll down for even more information and links to help you keep your family e-safe.

 

When we hear about new dangers for our pupils on the internet - we post about them here.

 

 

February 2019: The "Momo" issue has come to light once more.  This is a type of "Creepy Pasta" - an issue that may or may not actually exist but that is spread through frenzied "copy and paste" activity from worried people.   

The image of Momo is actually an exhibit in a modern-art exhibition in Japan.  There is, allegedly, a What's-app account that encourages users to behave in dangerous ways.  The Momo image is also, allegedly, being dropped into You Tube videos in order to fuel the panic and to scare young and naive internet users. 

All of this is very much like chain-letters in the past and can be handled in a similar way: monitor the communications of your child and be their "safe place" to help when things feel threatening or scary.  (I still remember my mum ripping up the chain letters because SHE wasn't scared of "Black Mary"!!)

 

The following are some tips in general for you

  1. Supervise your children on the internet.  Parental controls are helpful but they are no substitute for your presence.
  2. Enforce the rule that your children should only be friends online with people they know in real life.
  3. Discuss the internet and technology with your children regularly - not just when scary things happen.  Let them know that you understand their modern, online life..... And if you don't understand it - get them to teach/show you or visit the support sites available.
  4. Let them know that you are there to help.  Using the internet feels like a very solitary experience - encourage your children to come to you if something doesn't feel right.  If you don't know how to deal with something - ask and we'll guide you where we can.
  5. Report anything inappropriate as soon as you see it.  It can take a while for things to be removed but it does help and we all need to take a collective share of the responsibility.  Most social platforms have a quick system for flagging up content.
  6. Visit online support sites such as National Online Safety, Think You Know or Protect Young Eyes

 

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November 2018: The School Nursing Team have suggested that we share the following information with you:  "Many of you may be aware of the risks and concerns around children playing the online game Fortnite, which has a 12 rating but is played by much younger children.  

We have been made aware of an emerging trend, where people are playing strip Fortnite using webcams. The rule is that when you achieve a “kill” you have to strip off, potentially adding an additional risk from children being exposed to and/or sharing indecent images whilst playing the game.

To find out more about the games/apps your child enjoys, please visit https://protectyoungeyes.com/apps/ 

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A dangerous game called The Blue Whale is played online and spreads through social media.  Players are appointed a "master/teacher" and these "masters/teachers" challenge the players in stages, to tattoo a Blue Whale somewhere on the body, usually the arm or the leg. As the game goes on the players are encouraged to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide.  All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called "master/teacher". The game is being played by children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly by teenagers.

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‘Live.ly’ is an app being used by many children as it provides the opportunity to group chat. Whilst the app is only meant to be able to access contacts already on a child’s phone, the opportunity for friends of friends to join groups has resulted in people unknown to the child being able to access a group. In Leeds this resulted in a man using this to expose himself and masturbate onscreen. This highlights the risk that an app such as this poses in terms of the potential for incidences such as this but also the risk of grooming and exploitation.

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 ‘Yellow’ is essentially an online dating app for children which works similar to ‘Tinder’ the idea being that you can swipe through people and then choose someone to then meet up with. Clearly this again poses numerous risk factors for children.

 

Useful factsheet for keeping your child safe on You Tube YouTube_safety_factsheet.doc

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The CEOP  ThinkUKnow service has produced a guide to help parents understand why live-streaming is so popular, and how to keep children safe.

Live Streaming Online Safety guide:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/live-streaming-responding-to-the-risks/

 

The following advice is taken from the CEOP website.  It's a good place to start.  Also, check out Mrs Sutcliffe's guide for parents below and scroll to the foot of the page for some useful links..

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online.
  • Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore!
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones


Here are some websites we have found useful - many have a special parents zone.  

Click on the logos to access the sites.