NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY
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You may be aware of some of the disturbing content that is allegedly being shared online and within YouTube/YouTube kids etc. These have been described as "Challenges" some of which may ask children to take part in harming themselves and undertake dangerous tasks. We ask that parents to keep an eye on children's social media habits and online activities to minimise the risks of them watching inappropriate content. We would always remind parents that some social media platforms are unsuitable for children to use. Where YouTube is concerned we would encourage you to have safety settings on and speak to your child about telling you if they do see something that makes them uncomfortable, please supervise online activity as much as possible.
As part of our curriculum, we regularly cover e-safety in class and the wide range of areas children need to be aware of. We also have a regular programme of updates and visits from the local police team who work with classes and parents to raise their awareness of current issues and how they can protect themselves and others.
Following on from our parent online safety session. For more information, help and tips please click the link below
All parents please be aware of the below:
1. We would like to highlight concern raised by one of our Headteacher’s about a mobile app called ‘Boo’.
The app is used to share and receive video and text messages as well as links to online content. Children can be friends with each other on the app, but also friends with others they are led to believe are children, but are potentially adults.
Users can also be sent links requesting them to join other groups. One of these groups is called ‘Fortnite’ – the children assume it is linked to actual game ‘Fortnite’ however when children have gone into this group it has resulted in sharing of inappropriate material.
2. Some children in school have said they are using TikTok and Movie Star Planet. Both of these apps allow access from unknown people and children have reported that people have got in contact with them, lying about their age, asking for photos and details of where they live. Parents have been informed and the children have all done the right thing once there has been a problem but this is a considerable worry. These sites and apps are known by the police as apps used by adults to contact children and are high risk. We recommend children do not use them.