Welcome to our e-safety page. We hope you will find lots of information to help you know how to keep your family safe online.
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If you have a concern, before doing anything, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend or a partner. You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Talking about it will help you decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe. If you are concerned that a child has been, or is being sexually abused, you should report it. Equally if you are concerned that your child is being groomed, you should report it. You can report directly to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) or your local police force. If you think your child is in immediate danger call 999.
Click the link below to report a concern to CEOP
Whatever your situation it is likely that you will need support for yourself, as well as for your child. Talk to a friend or relative who you trust, who will listen and support you, or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Please find below parental help guides for common social media/chat/video chat websites/applications that young people use and websites with advice for parents you may find useful:
Useful E-safety Websites
Social media/ networking
For a wider range of information regardning this subject please see this page - http://www.internetmatters.org/social-networking/apps.html
Social networking sites are a huge favourite with children, allowing them to stay in touch with friends, meet people with similar interests, and share photos and videos. Used appropriately, social networks are a great place for young people to demonstrate their creativity. As a parent, there’s plenty you can do to ensure your children’s experience is both safe and fun.
We recomend you refer to this website for advice on Social Networking: http://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/social-networking.html
Sites aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, also have a social networking element and should be checked before your child uses them.
For a wider range of information regarding this subject please see this page- http://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/apps.html
Although child-friendly apps can make using the internet a more accessible and enjoyable experience, the thousands of apps available for different types of people mean it's important to make sure children use appropriate ones.
Meeting and chatting with strangers online poses risks to young people who might be vulnerable to grooming and online (and offline) forms of sexual abuse.
With the physical barrier of a screen, some people feel more empowered to pressurise others into sending messages, often of a sexual or derogatory nature.
Many apps share the user's location. This can put children at risk from others who actively seek out children with the intention of meeting in the real world. Sharing a location can also raise concerns with identity theft and privacy.
Many apps work on the basis of identity or phone number information. In many cases apps don't always let you know that this information is being used, meaning children could be sharing personal information. As well as on the social networks themselves, privacy and security settings are available on most devices. You can find out more at our Privacy & Identity Theft page.
Smartphones allow people to take photos and share them instantly on their social networks or post information about someone online in seconds. Sometimes this can mean young people are even more vulnerable to episodes of cyberbullying.
Although most apps now go through a process of classification and are rated based the type of content they contain, all apps are available to download by anyone who has a password to the app store.
This may expose children to explicit content, sometimes without their parents knowing. Some of this content can be illegal or simply inappropriate for children as it's meant for adults.
Apps can cost money to buy from the app store - and some of them can be very expensive.
Some of the 'free' apps make their money in different ways, by encouraging you to spend money when using the app. This can mean that bills quickly build up without you even realising it. Read more about in-app purchasing.
Some apps have been created with the specific purpose of allowing the user to hide content within them. These decoy apps can protect personal information from strangers but also allow people to hide content they don't want anyone else to see.
For a wider range of information regardning this subject please see this page- http://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/online-gaming.html
Online gaming means you can play in real time with people across the world through a PC, games console, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet. Games can offer children a world of adventure to immerse themselves in but it’s important to understand how children can stay safe and what games are appropriate for their age.
The PEGI (Pan European Gaming Information) labels appear on a game's packaging indicating one of the following age levels: 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18. They provide a reliable indication of the suitability of the game content for different ages. Descriptors will indicate the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating. There are eight such descriptors: bad language, discrimination, drugs, fear, gambling, sex, violence and online gameplay with other people.
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.