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Back to School: Keeping My Child Safe Online
For a lot of children, going back to school can mean new and exciting ways of going online. Whether it’s making new friends and keeping in touch with them over apps, playing the latest game, getting a new phone or at this current time, spending more time online doing school work. The NSPCC has got lots of tips on how to help your child stay safe when school starts again or when conducting at home learning activities.
Find more information here: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/back-to-school/
Tips for Staying Safe on Video Chats
While we all have to stay at a home due to corona virus, a lot of us will be keeping in touch with friends and family using video group chat apps.
This is great fun, but sometimes things can go wrong. So BBC Newsround has got some useful tips for staying safe. Watch the video and find out more information here-https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52228461
Bitesize Web Safety Lessons
Learn the basics of how to stay safe online with BBC Bitesize online safety lessons.
This lesson includes an interactive platform to find out more about the things you can do online and two activities to try at home.
Find this lesson here-https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zq3gp4
Online Safety Activity Packs
ThinkuKnow has created home learning activity packs to support parents during COVID-19. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your family to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online. These are separated into age groups so all children can access the appropriate materials.
Please find these packs here- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
How Smart Are You?
Following the Digital Leaders spreading the message about S-Safe and M-Meet, why not ask your child to take this quiz to see how SMART they are with their online knowledge?
What does my Avatar say about me?
This is a fantastic video the Digital Leaders shared on Safer Internet Day during their assembly.
Keep it Safe This Christmas
Staying safe online this Christmas- Taken from the Safer Internet Website - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/staying-safe-online-christmas
With technology gifts being high on wish lists each year it is important to ensure that you and your children are safe when playing with new devices. To help you over the holidays, we've set out a few top tips to help keep your household safe online.
Buying technology as gifts? Learn your way around
Most devices have controls to ensure that children can’t access content you don’t want them to. These include settings for online searching, “in-app” purchases, as well as screen time allowances. Once you hand over devices on Christmas morning it can be hard to get them back, so it’s great to have a go on any devices you buy before handing over on the morning of the 25th! This allows you to set up any restrictions in advance and learn your way around any settings and functionalities in case your child comes to you for help!
Setting-up your tablets in advance
Tablets are really popular with younger children and there are a wide range to choose from, including child-friendly and educational models. When it comes to setting up and using tablets, why not start slowly? Download games and apps you have checked out carefully. Sites such as Net Aware or Common Sense Media provide useful advice.
For mobile phones
If you have older children and are thinking about getting them a new phone for Christmas, this can pose different challenges. The warnings are evolving, having your home computer in a communal place doesn’t easily apply to this modern technology. If you think about it - phones are literally mobile computers and have the power of most traditional desktop PCs.
Top tips for phones or tablets over the holidays
- Set boundaries
Our advice is to set some ground rules, and ensure they understand them. For example:
- Apply Screen Time Limits
Agree a time limit or number of games beforehand, to avoid repeated disagreements around how long they can spend online.
- Sleep comes first
We advise that phones or tablets stay out of the bedroom overnight to charge. This avoids those night time distractions.
- Ask for access
If you’re concerned about something happening or want to take a look at the games and apps they are on, ask them to allow you access to the phone.
- Monitoring vs having a conversation
It is possible to install software onto devices that monitors online activity on devices. This type of software is becoming increasingly popular, but while this might sound tempting, it does pose a number of issues around your child’s right to privacy. Instead why not have a conversation about the types of things they are doing online, and create a family agreement to set out expected behaviour.
The best advice we can give is to talk to your child regularly and openly about behaviour and risk, so that they know they can come to you if something goes wrong.
Parental controls over the holiday
As young people will be spending more time online over the holidays, why not consider setting up parental controls on your Wi-Fi? You can block access to inappropriate or adult content and set time limits which may help rein in those excessive Fortnite sessions. For advice on how to do this, Internet Matters have a great guide on setting up parental controls.
Deciding about gaming
Each year there are so many exciting games and consoles around, there is a good chance you might have one coming into your house.
There are a few different ways to make a judgement about the types of games that are right for your child – but research is key. Downloading and using the game or app yourself is a great idea to experience first-hand what your child may be exposed to. Understandably for some parents, this can seem a little intimidating but it will also mean you’re well placed to support your child if you go on to let them use it too.
To help you parents get your head around cyberbullying too, the Digital Leaders and I have created a newsletter with this as a focus. Please view it below.
Digital Leaders Update: Cyberbullying
The Digital leaders have been very busy learning all about cyberbullying and spreading this message across the school to the children and also staff. They created assemblies to teach their peers all about what cyberbullying can look like and to also make them aware of the many ways to seek help if this happens.
I had great feedback from the teachers who were conducting these assemblies, stating that the messages the Digital Leaders were giving were very clear and thorough. With this in mind, I thought it would be useful to share the presentations with parents too, so the community has similar messages and approaches if you ever have to deal with this.
New Messaging App: Threads
What is Threads App from Instagram?
Threads is an app for keeping up with your close friends. It’s the place for you to quickly share photos, videos, statuses, and Stories with your Instagram Close Friends list. Instagram Close Friends allows you to share a story only with people on that list. You can create or edit your Close Friends list using the Instagram app.
Who is using it?
Since it’s launch in October 2019, it is still a relatively new app and so it is hard to suggest the age group of users. However, we do know the app is aimed at users of Instagram.
What is Threads minimum age limit?
Threads has been given a minimum age limit of 12 and over in App stores but the minimum age rating for Instagram is 13 and over.
How does Threads app work?
To share and receive messages on Threads you’ll need an using existing Instagram account or there is an option to sign up to Instagram if you don’t have an account.
Close friends only
Threads works using your Instagram Close Friends list. If you have not created a Close Friends list on Instagram then you still have the option to create this via the Threads app. You can edit your Close Friends list at any time through the settings.
There is an option to turn on ‘auto-status’ which gives permission for Threads to track and update your status based on your location, movement, battery level and network connection when you’re not using the app. Only people you’ve selected within your Close Friends list can see your status.
Sending and receiving messages
To take photos and record videos – you will need to allow Threads to access your camera and microphone on your device. Once access is given, you can take pictures and videos as well as upload existing media from your camera roll and share with all users of your Close Friends or specific people. Your Close Friends do not need to download the Threads app in order to receive your messages.
Posts you create in Threads will appear on your Instagram stories and your Close Friends will receive an Instagram and/or Threads notification (depending on if their notification settings are enabled).
Depending on your Instagram settings, you can access previous direct messages that you’ve sent to people in your Close Friends list.
For more information about this, please visit the Internet matters site. https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/what-is-threads-app-from-instagram/
We know that keeping up to date with what your child is doing online can feel very over whelming due to all the new apps and games coming out on a daily basis, and sometimes our own lack of knowledge makes trying to tackle online safety issues a little daunting. There are many helpful websites out there, but scrolling through pages of information is very time consuming, however there is a new website which allows you to have email updates when new information about popular games or apps for children is released, and also news regarding safety topics about those already popular. Kidsonlineworld.com is a new website which is very easy to navigate around, allowing you, as a parent, to target specific apps or games and gain relevant information concerning their content and safety controls. I would highly recommend that you sign up to their emailing system as it makes staying up to date very easy.
Apex Legends, the new Fortnite?
Apex Legends is a new game which has a similar battle royale genre to Fortnite. Up to 20 teams of three players are dropped on a large island where they must search for weapons and supplies and engage in combat with each other in order to win. The last squad alive wins. The game is free to download and play which means it could be extremely popular with children. As with Fortnite, there are in-game purchases available to help level up quicker, gain good weapons and put you at an advantage. For more information about this game, please click here.
Chatting in online games
We have had a number of parents expressing their concerns over their child hearing or using obscene language when playing online mode in games, particularly when on Fortnite. With this in mind, please take a look at this video which shows you how to disable chat. There is more information available about this here.
Jessie and Friends- Resources for 4-7 years olds
Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that ThinkuKnow have just released. They follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode, to help you and your child keep the conversation going.
Find out more here
New Game For Children
ThinkuKnow have a brilliant game for 8+ year olds. Band Runner is a fun game that puts children’s knowledge about staying safe online to the test by asking them to help characters make safe choices. Please also visit the 'useful links' page on our website for more games and fun activities to develop your child's knowledge about online safety topics.
There has been a disturbing image appearing in the news recently due to it making its way in some YouTube videos and children viewing it. In order to refrain from encouraging pupils to research this we are not handing out information directly to the pupils to bring home to you or linking things to help articles on here. Instead there are letters for adults to pick up about this which will help you discuss it with your child if they have seen it, or educate you on it a bit more. There is also a link to these on Class Dojo.
Digi Duck's Big Decision E-book
Here is a wonderful story to share with your children which is not only bright and inviting, but also has a very good message about the importance of ways to stay safe when using devices. It is great as a conversation starter and working together to see what Digi should do.
Safer Internet Day 2019
Thank you to those who attended the Safer Internet Day, it was a great success with lots of positive feedback from adults and we hope it gave you lots of insight into what your children are using their devices for by giving them the opportunity to show you first hand. It was then wonderful to round all our learning up from this day with the workshop we had on Monday.
There were a few people asking for guidance about setting up certain devices with parental locks, so here is a leaflet with some more information about these.
This information, along with more specific instructions for safety settings with devices and apps can be found here: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
Please take a look on individual class pages to see more photos of our day.
6 Things Parents Need to Know About Fortnite
Safer Internet Day
As Safer Internet Day looms it is worth considering how confident other adults involved in our children's lives are when it comes to dealing with online safety issues. With this in mind I thought I would share this helpful leaflet with you which may be useful to pass on to other family members who may feel that technology is a little beyond them.
It may also be worth getting your children to teach these family members about what they are using and how some of their favourite apps work. You never know, you may also learn something new!
How to Turn Off Autoplay On Your Favourite Platforms
Autoplay has been added to many of our favourite video watching apps to encourage you to continue to stay on it, in turn making the company more revenue. Here is a short video to show you how to disable this on some of the popular applications.
In this new addition of the magazine, the following will be covered;
Captology – computers as persuasive technologies
Parents – scare or prepare?
Reporting harmful content
Internet safety at pre-school
December 2018 Online Safety Newsletter
September 2018 Online Safety Newsletter
STOP Bullying award
January 2018 Newsletter
Live streaming - 19/12/2017
Live streaming has become increasingly easy to do with many platforms now allowing you to film yourself live. With this in mind ThinkuKnow has created some information about this. Please have a look at the PowerPoint for more information about this and how to support your child with platforms that allow live streaming, the risks involved, or how to educate them about what to do if they come across a live stream with unwanted content.
Click the image below to download information for parents and carers.
Online Safety News September 2017
Please click the link to view and download the latest e-safety magazine.
Unite for a safer Internet
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2017 the Anti- Bully Ambassadors have put together a short film to help you remember a few important tips when using the internet to share images or videos.
The most important things you can do in order to help your child have fun and stay safe are the following;
- Set up a family agreement for internet usage. Limit the time spent on devices with access to this.
- Talk to your children openly about what you are doing and what they are doing on the internet.
- Keep your security settings up to date, checking them regularly as they often change when apps are updated.
- Turn off geotagging services.
- Ensure your children understand what could be dangerous to include in any images they upload, for example school uniforms, street names or car registrations.
- Talk to your children about where to report things they find on the internet which they don't quite like, or conversations sent that they are not comfortable. The IWF and CEOP are the main places to do this.
- Watch videos on the Think You Know website which are regularly updated to tackle current issues and also split into age categories.
- Continue to relay the message that the internet is a very fun way to lea
Some new resources to help promote e-safety at home have recently been shared with us or updated, follow the links below to access some very useful websites to encourage children to use the Internet with care and safely.
What is Pokemon Go?
Click to view and download our information regarding Pokemon Go.
NSPCC Update Net Aware Resources
The NSPCC have re-launched the excellent Net Aware guide. Net Aware is a simple guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use, based on parents’ experiences and the views of young people. The NSPCC hope that in providing parents with up-to-date information about the sites most commonly used by young people, parents and carers will be able talk to their children about staying safe on those platforms, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites as safe as possible for children.
The NSPCC will also be launching a Net Aware app, which will be available to download from iTunes and Google play stores within the coming weeks.
Resources for Parents/Carers (March 2016)
Young people and social networking sites (Leaflet) - A guide for parents, carers and teachers about the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.
Keeping Young Children Safe Online – 8 frequently asked questions to provide you with useful information and tips to keep children safe online.
Parents and Carers resource sheet - This A4 factsheet for parents and cares provides a list of useful websites and online resources where you can find out more about social networking, smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, downloading, parental controls and where to get help or report concerns.
Wayne Denner YouTube eSafety new videos
Snapchat - How to change the privacy on who can see your Snaps on Snapchat. This short video looks and how to update and change privacy on Snapchat
YouTube Restricted Mode – How to set up restricted access on YouTube
eSafety with Smartphone Apps - The Digital Dilemma Episode 1
Snapchat, Tinder & OoVoo eSafety - The Digital Dilemma Episode 2
eSafery Tips for Parents & Messaging Apps - The Digital Dilemma Episode 3
How to protect & manage your Online Reputation - The Digital Dilemma Episode 4
Age restrictions for social media platforms
Internetmatters.com have produced an extensive guide that covers nearly all devices in the home. It explains the features and benefits of the device and what specific content can be restricted.
You can get information about each device individually online: https://www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/
or the free resource which contains 94 pages of up to date guides on parental controls can be downloaded here: https://cdn.internetmatters.org/downloads/99a8efe18e30cf24ffee3dfd60e8ca8b.pdf
We have been promoting internet safety across school this half term and would like to share the good work we have done from Reception to Year 6. Thank you to all the parents who came in to look at the displays produced the children worked very hard on these. Also a big well done to our Anti-bullying ambassadors who led the Safer Internet Day assembly.
This is the work produced by our Y5 and Y6 and is on display in the HUB.
This work was produced by 4P and is on display in their classroom. They even made some games to go with it.
This display was created by the 'SMART crew' of class 3/4E and is on display just outside their classroom.
Class 2/3W worked hard to produce this display which is on display in their classroom.
These displays are on display in the foyer outside 2G and 1W and show how the children of these classes know how to make the internet a safer place to be.
Even the very youngest members of our school looked at staying safe. This display was produced by RVG and is on display in their classroom.
NSPCC launch ‘Share Aware’ campaign
Parents’ concerns about social networking sites popular with children are revealed, as the NSPCC launches its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.
An NSPCC panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet reviewed 48 of these sites and said all those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign-up to. On more than 40 per cent of the sites, the panel struggled to locate privacy, reporting and safety information. At least three quarters of parents surveyed by the NSPCC found sexual, violent, or other inappropriate content on Sickipedia, Omegle, Deviant Art, and F my Life within half an hour of logging into the sites. Those aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters, Popjam and Bearville, fared better and parents did not find any unsuitable content on them. The NSPCC also asked just under 2,000 children and young people which social networking sites they used. Talking to strangers or sexual content were the main concerns mentioned by children. But they also thought the minimum age limit for signing up to many sites should be higher, despite saying they’d used the sites when they were underage.
The NSPCC has used the reviews to create a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children.
Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said: “Children are taught from an early age that it is good to share but doing so online can be very dangerous. We must all be Share Aware. This Christmas many children will have been given a smart phone, a tablet computer, or a games console. So it’s the perfect opportunity for parents to have that important conversation with their children about who they are talking to and what they share when they socialise online. We know that children do take risks online, sometimes without realising it. And we know some parents feel confused by the internet – out of their depth, and out of control. Our Share Aware campaign gives parents straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will help them to untangle the web and feel confident talking to their children about online safety. Keeping children safe online is the biggest child protection challenge of this generation. Parents have a vital role to play but we want social networking sites to respond to parental concerns about their children’s safety and privacy. The NSPCC will continue to challenge and work with internet companies and the Government to make the internet a safer place for children.”
The NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of 8 to 12-year-old children. Parents are encouraged to visit the Net Aware website, find out more about the NSPCC campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware and join the debate on social media by following #ShareAware.
Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com Children worried about online safety or any other problems can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk