Keeping Your Child Safe Online
How can you help to keep your children safe online?
The digital World is fast overtaking the real one and it is important that LEH Primary and Parents work together to ensure our children are safe both in the real World and online.
We very much hope these tips are useful
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
14.06.2018 Information about how to set up parental controls for various gaming consoles.
25.04.2017 safeguarding alert re Blue Whale app which encourages users of the app to self-harm.
25.04.2017: Safeguarding alert re Yellow which is a dating app for teens in which users swipe profile pictures and can communicate by sending messages/pictures with 'matches' using their Snapchat accounts. There are no checks on the ages of users which could leave children vulnerable to being groomed or to receiving inappropriate photos.
25.04.2017: Information re new app called Woozworld - a virtual gaming app which allows the user to create users to design their own online realities where they can create their own avatar, do fun quests, set up new virtual spaces, and create their own businesses. Woozworld is free to join, while only needing to enter a parent's email and their age. Woozworld is free ages 10-16 to join. There is an option to become a VIP for a certain number of months at a cost, either credit card or online cash earned on exterior websites. VIPs can earn virtual "wooz" and "beex"(the virtual currency) and has access to clothing and other items restricted to freeplay members. All users have access to the "Woozin", a virtual community designed to appear as social media with a comment section and the ability to post and share text. They can "friend" each other, create virtual relationships, and even raise pets.their own fashion themes avatar and do quests. It has chat facilities and the app has been described as being designed for the ‘tween’ market with the average age of users being between 8 and 14.
26/01/2017: Letter to parents re Live.ly, Lovoo and musical.ly apps
Visit Leeds Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) website to find advice about keeping children safe online as well other safeguarding advice for parents and carers.
Safer Internet Day
Visit the Safer Internet Day website for information about this year's online safety campaign. Parents and carers please click here for a wealth of really useful information for parents and carers about keeping children safe online on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
You may find these websites useful if you wish find out more about internet safety:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.kidsmart.org.uk- Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents about understanding their child’s digital world and about getting more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
Other Internet Safety Resources
Thank you to those who attended our information evening for parents and carers run by D:side. Parents and carers who came along found the information really useful. Please download the two documents below for advice on keeping your child safe online:
It is important that parents and carers are as aware of their children’s ‘online life’ to the same extent as they look out for their child’s behaviour, relationships and interactions with others, and safety in the rest of their child’s life. Two websites which you might find helpful are: www.Thinkuknow.org and www.kidsmart.org.uk The Thinkuknow site has a wealth of information for parents and carers as well as for children. The kidsmart site has the SMART rules which we use in school: