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E Safety tip of the month - April 2018
Internet safety is all about understanding simple rules that will keep us all safe when doing anything online or with shared technology. We need to teach our children to be safe by setting a good example. Are we using sensible passwords to keep our information and details secure? Do we use different passwords for different apps/websites? Do we make sure that our children know how to create safe passwords? The apps that the children use in school such as Mathletics and Purple Mash have been randomly generated so they do not contain the children’s names or birthdays. The following website has 9 simple tips to share with your children about creating passwords – goo.gl/FD5KsY.
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/.