Organisations which can offer advice/support;
- E-Safety - ThinkuKnow
Christmas Toys (December 2017)
The following articles have been brought to our attention and are certainly worth looking at.
Which? Magazine have surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety. The Which video attached shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.
Top Ten E-Safety Tips
- Always think of your personal safety first when using ICT or your mobile phone. Remember it is easy for anyone to lie about who they are online, so you can never really be sure about who you are talking to.
- Do not give out any personal information about yourself online to people you do not know. This includes your full name, address, street name, postcode, or school name.
- Never give your contact number to anyone who you don’t know.
- It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name.
- Don’t meet people that you have only spoken to online. If you do decide to meet up with anyone in real life then make sure you take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place at a busy time.
- Never give out pictures online or over a mobile unless you know the person in real life. It is easy for people to take your pictures and alter them, send them on, or even pretend to be you with them.
- Always use private settings whenever you are setting up a social networking page or an Instant Messenger (IM) account. This is so people who you don’t want to see your profile can’t.
- Anything you post or upload to the internet is there forever so be very careful what you put online.
- Never go onto webcam with people you don’t know in real life. Webcam images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people.
- If you receive any messages or pictures that worry or upset you talk to an adult you trust. You may also report it online, via the thinkuknow website or CEOP website.
A guide to popular social networking sites and apps
What is social networking?
Social networking is a way of using devices with access to the internet to interact with other people and share things such as videos and photos. You can video chat, do voice calls, play games, meet new people and chat to strangers as well as many other things. It has become very popular in recent years as a way to socialise and express yourself. This guide aims to equip you to help keep your children safe online and to encourage beneficial talk about making cyber wise choices.
What is the difference between a site and an app?
A website can be accessed through a web browser (e.g. google) whereas an application or ‘app’ must be downloaded and installed to be used. These are usually downloaded from an app marketplace such as Google Play or apple’s App Store.
How can my children access these?
There are several ways children can access social networking sites. These include tablets, smart phones, desktop computers, laptops, smart TVs and games consoles. Parental Controls On is a great site that gives step-by-step instructions explaining how to set parental controls on major devices and through major internet service providers. There are also video guides and links to extra help sections.
Why should I know about them?
It is important to know about these sites and apps to ensure that your child is safe online. Being aware also helps you to have conversations with your children that ensures they know what is acceptable online behaviour and how to respond if they see or read something that makes them uncomfortable or they do not understand.
Click HERE for more advise from the NSPCC ‘NetAware’ site. The NSPCC have worked alongside children and Mumsnet (the largest parenting site in the UK) to find out about the most popular social networking sites and apps as well as thoughts about them from both parents and children. This guide shows you the name of the site or app, the logo, a summary of the social network, what you can do on it (click the link to find out more about what this means), the minimum ages and an advice link. This link will take you to the NSPCC NetAware page. Here you will find advice and thoughts as well as links to the social networking sites or apps privacy settings page and security advice.