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E Safety tip of the month - July 2018
As we approach the summer holidays lots of parents will be worrying about making sure that children do not spend too long playing on electronic devices. The NSPCC have joined with the phone network O2 to create some advice and resources for parents worried about how to keep their children safe online – goo.gl/dSstpJ.
Their advice is called the TEAM approach – Talk, Explore, Agree, and Manage:
Explore and understand the apps, games and sites your child uses and get to know your child’s online world better.
Talk to your child about their online world, just as you’d ask about their day at school.
Agree online ground rules and make sure you’re a good role model.
Manage privacy settings and use parental controls where necessary.
O2 and the NSPCC have launched a telephone helpline so parents can speak to trained advisers who can help with any concern about online safety. The number is 0808 800 5002. Parents can also make a ‘Guru’ appointment with an O2 in-store Guru, who can help you keep your children safe online. You do not have to be an O2 customer to use these services.
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/.