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Digital resilience involves having the ability to understand when you are at risk online; knowing what to do if anything goes wrong; learning from your experiences of being online; and being able to recover from any difficulties or upsets. Children who are digitally resilient will be equipped to handle the challenges of the modern, digital world. At home you can help your child by setting clear boundaries for their life online and then by letting them explore the online world safe in the knowledge that you will be there to help if anything goes wrong. The Parent Info website offers 6 ways to promote digital resilience in your child – goo.gl/gKnjZm.
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/.