Being safe online is a great responsibility of all of us. In today's society being aware of who you are communicating with online is of great importance in maintaining the safety of all of us.
Below are some links and information that we hope will help to keep staff and students up to date with the latest trends and ways to protect yourself online.
In addition the school runs specific filtering software and Securus an industry standard monitoring application designed to protects students from cyberbullying, online grooming, explicit images, harmful websites and other threats.
Fortnite did close it's game down for a short period whilst it prepared to release the 'next chapter' Fortnite 2. Here's a guide for parents and carers to this new version from National Online Safety:
During holidays, many children turn to online gaming and social media. Here are some links to some advice from CEOP:
Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
Help them to stay safe on gaming platforms over the summer holidays (and beyond) with our new article for teens. It looks at:
- The manipulative tactics an offender may use to groom or exploit a young gamer
- Five simple steps to take to stay safe when gaming
- Blocking and reporting in games
Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
And whilst many are going away, there's some advice here:
Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
6. Many thanks to one of our parents, K Ferreira, for sharing this excellent resource with us which has just been released in August 2019:
It has lots of good advice on areas such as streaming content, Smart TVs and online predators as well as other areas, and definitely worth a look.
Another good guide for parents with tips on what to look for and how to talk to your child about various issues can be found here: https://www.lifecake.com/family-internet-safety-privacy/
(Please note William Farr is not affiliated with Lifecake or VPNMentor in any way and does not recommend their products).
Momo Challenge on WhatsApp, You Tube and online games such as Fortnite - A sinister character appears using abusive language challenging it's viewers to play the game (involving nasty pranks) or sending unpleasant threats; in YouTube it can appear in the middle of an episode of a children's TV show. The character also threatens the viewer of awful consequences of telling a parent or responsible adult. You may be aware of this through warnings on social media such as Twitter of Facebook, but further information can be found on news sites such as this:
A guide to parents about Momo from the National Online Safety website can be found by clicking here.
The BBC have released lots of advice on areas like this and how to deal with online abuse etc; as part of their 'Own It' series which can be accessed by clicking here.
Anonymous Messaging Apps - "A variety of websites and apps that allow users to anonymously submit questions, comments and have conversations with other users, without knowing their identity" - the chances of these being used for bullying is high, so Net Aware have given some tips and guidance for Parents on how to watch for and guard against these type of apps. Their report can be found by clicking here.
Here are some more factsheets about specific issues:
The Facts You Should Know about Sexting - a handout from Lincolnshire Police
What is What's App - including how to block users from a What's App group or chat.
The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board is a multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation Trust, Youth Offending Service, the Voluntary Sector and others. They have a dedicated You Tube channel with information on various topics about online safety and signposts onto other useful sources of information.
The link to the You Tube channel is below:
Report online concerns here:
or by contacting the Lincolnshire Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111
A summary of the information on screen time use for parents and carers from the UK Chief Medical Officer
Gaming Disorder - added to World Health Organisation classification of diseases
Please note this is a 'disorder', not an addiction. WHO say "Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour…" which includes:
- "impaired control over gaming"
- "increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities"
- "continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences."
There is an article on the internetmatters.org website that explains 'What you need to know about WHO gaming disorder'.
You can read the article here: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/what-you-need-to-know-about-who-gaming-disorder/
Lots of information for parents about keeping your children safe, from the experts – CEOP http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The think you know website for parents www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Making a report to CEOP https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/
Reporting a violation to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=204546626249212
Making a report to Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/groups/56-policies-violations#topic_236
Lots of information for parents – http://www.parentsonlinesafety.com
Staying safe from Hate: http://educateagainsthate.com
Net Aware - a site where parents review and rate social media apps and sites based on the features and how appropriate it is/isn't.
Digital Safety - a blog post that gives an overview of several dangers on the Internet and how to deal with them, such as child online safety, social media safety, etc.
Online Social Media Tips for Parents: http://www.internetmatters.org/social-media/