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E Safety tip of the month – March 2018
Sexting is when someone shares naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others; or sends explicit messages. It is a very embarrassing thing to discuss with your child but it is important to explain to children the risks; how to stay safe; and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
Two organisations - ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation - have worked together to provide a service where children can request the removal of inappropriate images of themselves which have been shared online. This service is called YOTI. The NSPCC have lots of information about this matter and YOTI on the following webpage – goo.gl/9ofjyK.
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/.