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E Safety tip of the month - June 2018
A previous tip explained the concept of ‘sharenting’ – sharing pictures and personal information about our children on social media – but have you considered how this is putting your children at risk of online fraud in the future? Banks often use dates of birth, mother’s maiden names and names of pets as security identifiers and when parents share birthday messages and photographs of events this information becomes permanently available online and could be misused to hack passwords or for use in identify scams. Barclays Bank forecast that by 2030 ‘sharenting’ will produce 7.4 million incidents of online fraud per year. We would urge parents to make sure their privacy settings are high and think carefully before posting any information about their children to limit such risks.
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/.