Christmas present e-safety- A Parents’ Guide To Technology
Many pupils have returned to school very excited about the Christmas presents which they received, especially mobile phones, laptops, tablets and games consoles – all of which have access to the Internet.
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology has created a guide to explain these devices and highlights the safety tools available, empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
A few important tips:
With Christmas fast approaching, your child may be searching online. No search engine is ever completely safe and appropriate supervision should always be given. Have you considered bookmarking search engines suitable for children to use?
DK Find Out! - http://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ which searches Dorling Kindersley content
Swiggle (SWGfL) http://www.swiggle.org.uk
nICE for Primary Schools - http://nice.medialab.nl which is a search engine and library
Kids Rex - http://www.kidrex.org/ which is a search engine
Primary School ICT - http://primaryschoolict.com/ which is a video, picture and website search engine
If your child uses search engine sites such as Google or Bing, please ensure that you have turned the safe search filtering tools on. However, this this only reduces (not removes) the possibility of accessing inappropriate content either accidentally or otherwise.
Have you seen the 'YouTube Kids' app that gives your family an easy way to watch their favourite programmes or explore anything that captures their imagination? It provides a safer version of YouTube, including both popular children’s videos and diverse new content, in a way that is easy for kids to use and highly visual. It's free, simple to use and full of family-friendly videos.
Staying Safe Online
With Christmas Fast approaching, some lists for Santa may contain mobile phones, consoles or other devices which connect to the internet & social media. Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board have produced a leaflet with advice on keeping your child safe. Your child should have brought this home today. Further copies available from the office if required.
We are aware that children are developing their skills using You Tube channels and other social media tools. Please ensure that you closely monitor what your child is posting and sharing with an awareness to the vulnerability of young people to contact from unknown individuals. Please be aware of the information being shared regarding personal details including the imagery used (i.e. information about where they might live, go to school, look like) and please ensure that the content being shared is appropriate. We recommend that any use of internet networking activity does not take place in bedrooms out of sight of adults. For further help and advice, we have some useful links on our school website (see links below).
IMPORTANT - Pokemon Go Smart Phone App
Please find a Nottinghamshire Police alert with regard to the new release of Pokemon Go smart phone app. which we would like you to be aware of.
As we always we stress that this is just one app. of many where there are potential safeguarding and child sexual exploitation risks but with the current craze for Pokemon and the potential risks we thought it was worth highlighting this advice from our colleagues in the police.