Please click to open.
ESafety Tip of the Month - June 2017
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London the children will have seen lots of coverage about the events on TV and the internet. These stories are upsetting for children because they can imagine something like this happening to them or someone close to them. It is tempting to try to prevent your children hearing about them. However, because other children will have heard the news, it is better for your children to have the opportunity to ask questions and receive reassurance from people they trust. Your judgement of what your child can understand is very valuable. Encourage children to ask questions about what they are seeing and answer as well as you can. The charity Winston’s Wish has lots of good advice for parents – goo.gl/t2VMfP – and BBC’s Newsround has lots of good advice for children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002
E Safety incident in Leeds, Jan 2017
You may have seen the reports in the media last week about an e-safety incident involving primary age children from Leeds. The incident did not take place in school or through an ‘app’ approved by a school. The incident is now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.
This incident has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues about smartphone ‘apps’ including live.ly and music.ly. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phone, but it appears that unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.
We would ask all parents to make sure that your child does not have access to such apps on their phone and to check that all privacy settings are switched on to make sure that children are protected when using any internet site.
If a child experiences or expresses concerns about online activity, it must be reported to the police using 101 and https://ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/.