A really useful site not only to highlight Safer Internet Day on 11th February 2020 but offers lots of resources and useful information.
To respond to this, we have attached the balanced guide, created by the National Online Safety website, which provides parents and carers with information to help. We encourage parents and carers to read this guide which includes tips to better monitor online activity and have meaningful conversations with their children about online safety.
Link to Website: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
We have had several children mentioning the Tik Tok App that they are accessing on mobile devices. This has raised a few concerns about online safety and privacy.
Below is some information about Tik Tok from the Common Sense Media website, which can be accessed using this link:- https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok
What is TikTok? - TikTok is a social network for sharing user-generated videos, mostly of people lip-synching to popular songs. It was originally called musical.ly (pronounced MU-zik-lee). Users can create and upload their own videos where they lip-synch, sing, dance, or just talk. You can also browse and interact with other users' content, which covers a wide range of topics, songs, and styles. These videos can be grouped by hashtags, which often correspond to challenges or memes.
How safe is TikTok? - Using any social network can be risky, but it's possible for kids to safely use the app with adult supervision (and a private account). When you sign up for TikTok, your account is public by default, meaning anyone can see your videos, send you direct messages, and use your location information. Parents should make sure to turn on all privacy settings for accounts kids are using, so only people you know can interact with your videos or message you on the app. That means either opting for a private account or changing the settings for comments, duets, reactions, and messages to "Friends" instead of "Everyone." You can also turn those features off completely.
Is TikTok appropriate for kids? - Because of TikTok's emphasis on popular music, many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be age-appropriate for kids to use on their own.
What age is TikTok recommended for? - Common Sense recommends the app for age 15+ mainly due to the privacy issues and mature content.
Further information can be found on these websites.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
What to do if you are being Cyberbullied?
- Tell an adult, parents, carer or guardian
- Speak to your class eSafety Officers (Years 3-6) - to be recruited
- Speak to your teacher
- Keep message you have been sent as this will provide proof(evidence) should the issue need to be raised further.
Get Safe On Line
Some great advice from https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/ – have a look at their site as they have some fantastic tips, videos , links for all to use
Get Safe Top 10
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software, switched on.
- Don’t reveal personal information on social networking sites.
- Regularly backup the data on your computer and smartphone/tablet.
- Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone.
- Make sure your wireless network is secure at all times.
- Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites.
- Choose strong passwords, change them regularly and don’t tell anybody what they are.
- When shopping, paying or banking online, always make sure the website is secure.
- Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted.
- Remember your smartphone is also a target for viruses and spyware.
ONLINE GAMES AND ADVICE FOR CHILDREN
- Newsround: Advice and tips for staying safe online Newsround Internet Safety: Caught in the Web
- Childnet- Top Tips for Safe Internet Use
- Kidsmart – Online Safety Information
- NetSmartzKids- Fun videos with important messages
- CBBC Stay Safe- clips with great advice
- Thinkuknow- Information for young and old
ESAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS
Technology is evolving at an alarming rate and it is important to keep up to date with how we can enhance the safety of children’s online safety.
Here are some useful links to support Esafety at home:
- ESafety Advice for Parents and Pupils
- How to setup Parental Controls?
- Our Pact – Parental Control App – This app that enables parents to take control of the amount of time their child uses an android or ios device. OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that harnesses the power of Internet and Application blocking in order to teach children proper device use and responsibility. Our parental control solution gives parents the ability to manage their child’s screen time throughout the day. Parents can enforce bedtime, set dinnertime, manage study time and schedule family time throughout the day.
PARENTAL LINKS AND ADVICE
Information on Internet Safety – shared by Jane Commins, Youth Engagement Officer at Cheshire Constabulary Safer Schools and Young Persons Partnership
- It is important to educate children about being safe on-line and about making a positive contribution – both parents and school should be responsible for this
- Parents should not tell their child they don’t know anything about technology – don’t say ‘Don’t ask me, I don’t know how it works!’, do say ‘We could find out about it together to decide whether it’s safe or how we can make it safe’
- Parents need to encourage their child to be open about what they are doing so that they feel able to talk when there is a problem
- Find out about apps a child is using – good websites for this are www.internetmatters.org which gives advice on how appropriate apps are for each age group and www.commonsensemedia.org which reviews apps.
Jane recommended the following websites for further information: -
Other pages that you could look help to support your child.
- NSPCC Help Pages Advice for parents to keep children safe online
- O2 have teamed up with the NSPCC- Free, phone help using parental settings on all devices
- BBC Advice for Online Safety
- Thinkuknow – Parents
- Safer Internet Young People- Games and Advice ages 3-11 Years
- Net-aware: Parents review kids’ social networks, apps & games
- Thinkuknow - Gaming advice for parents
PREVENT Should I be worried?
Incidents of extremism and radicalisation are rare and as such when they do occur, make the news. As with all safeguarding issues, it is important to be vigilant, and not complacent, but also not to panic. We have attached a guide in the files section which will give you the information to make informed decisions and help safeguard your child.
In the files section, you will also find a copy of our Safeguarding policy which also provides guidance (page 14 onwards).