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E-Safety

22.01.21

 

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. 

 

Information on Parental Controls:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/

 

Filtering guidance for home broadband:

https://www.internetmatters.org/info-site-owners/

 

Privacy and Safety Checklists - a new booklet that has recently been launched in relation to Netflix:

https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/checklists/

 

Common Sense Media - helps parents decide if programmes etc. are appropriate:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

 

Vodaphone Digital Parenting Magazine:

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting

 

26.11.20
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. 
 http://www.ictinschools.org/e-safety-for-parents-and-carers/
 
 
The second is called "Cunch-line Chronicles" and is quite frankly a cheaply made and crude looking app game.  It is a PEGI 18+ and involves a drug dealer running away from a pursuing officer (who eventually catches them).  More information can be found here https://oursaferschools.co.uk/2020/11/19/2-games/
 
Our advice would be to again put out a general message out to parents to remind them that the PEGI ratings are an indication of age related content and that even though a game looks fun if it has an 18 rating it should not be played by young people under that age.  For more advice on online gaming go to https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-games/  or https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/online-gaming/
 
The release of the Playstation 5 has also generated some safety issues.  I've attached a leaflet from  National Online Safety if you want to put it on your website. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
 
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.  

Please see the following information from Northumbria Police. It is paramount that you are aware of what your child is doing online. Please be vigilant and regularly check their activity.

Northumbria Police Autumn Newsletter

Checklist for Apps
If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful.

E-Safety Fact Sheet for Parents

Do You Really Know Who Your Children Are Talking to Online?

A Parent Guide to Facebook

This is an E-Safety PowerPoint

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