Now that we are learning remotely for the coming weeks, we recognise that this may create some challenges in terms of children and their electronic devices. There are a few websites below which may help parents and carers with topics such as deciding whether materials are appropriate and filtering broadband.
In the last few days we have become aware of two safeguarding concerns. We don't want to hype them up, but we have been assured that they are real by Northumbria Police and E Safe, but are not currently triggering alerts. We would suggest that rather than bring attention to them and then driving people to "have a look" you issue a general e safety post at an appropriate time to parents and just be on the alert for any mentions or such like.
The first is a video that is reported to be going viral on Tik Tok called "Megan is Missing". It was first made in 2011 and depicts a fake kidnapping in gory and traumatic detail. If you want to know more about the original film here is the wikepedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Is_Missing
Our advice would be to put a general message out to parents that sometimes there are films and clips on the internet that are nasty and traumatic. If students have seen anything on social media or the internet that upsets them put at the end "If anyone is affected by what they’ve seen please speak to…..”. You might also like to direct parents to the section on our website with videos to support keeping your family safe online.
You may remember that there is the offer from National Online Safety to have free access to all of their resources and training hub. If you would like me to pass on your contact details to have a school account set up please just reply to this e mail by tomorrow lunchtime. The offer is there because they are partners with Smoothwall who filter your internet access.