Keeping children and young people safe online is a huge challenge and there are constantly new online developments that bring new risks. Please see a summary of recent updates below.
1. Blaze and the Monster Machines App - recording of app available on link below
This Free App is a game that 'phones' children once they reach a certain level. The phone call they receive is automated but extremely disturbing and could be very distressing to children and young people. See news article here - it contains a recording that a parent has made of the phone call her daughter receives and highlights how disturbing this is.
This App was formerly called 'Yellow', so parents and schools may not realise that it has changed. It has a live streaming feature, which poses a significant risk to young people as they can live stream to strangers and can watch live streams from strangers. Increasing numbers of sex offenders are using live streaming as a way of abusing young people.
3. Live-streaming apps
See BBC article here, in which an adult woman poses as a 14 year old to investigate the dangers of live streaming apps. Various apps are mentioned in the article to be aware of.
4. #Ditto magazine is a free online publication, which discusses the latest E-Safety updates. See magazine link here.
Safeguarding is a critical issue which affects all of us. Below are some of the policies we follow in our school and some helpful advice.
E-safety is an important issue which affects us all. Below are some links to come websites that you might find useful when facing ICT safeguarding issues.
For those who speak or read in another language.
Just click the link below to a poster that is translated into many languages.
Here is a child friendly way of approaching this difficult issue. It is called PANTS. Click on the link below to find out more information.
Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse - without using scary words or even mentioning sex.