Internet Safety Messages

Roblox - Parent Advisory Message

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Kik messenger has become a popular app with students across the UK, however we have been warned by Durham Police that it is being used by offenders to groom children to obtain indecent photos and videos.  Please be aware that:-

Kik has a minimum age of 13, and it is not suitable for younger children due to risks associated with inappropriate and/or illegal sharing of images and videos.

Parents should manage their children's use of technology.  Please set tablets and phones so that children cannot download apps without parental permission.  (The police have come across many cases where children have been abused through an app that parents and carers did not realise had been installed)

If your child is old enough to use the app, and is mature enough to manage its appropriate use please check the privacy settings so that your childs whereabouts and images are not being broadcast around the net without their knowledge.

See further advice on http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safety-tools/kik

TikTok - Parent Advisory Message

TikTok is in effect the replacement for Musical.ly and this app seems to have developed a big following in the last few weeks.  It is not “more dangerous” than some other apps, but to help keep our children safe we thought it would be wise to draw parents attention to current advice.  Parents are advised – as with other apps to help their child review their privacy settings and to be aware that: “Even with a private account, profile information – including profile photo, username, and bio – will be visible to all users. Counsel your teen not to reveal personal information such as age, address, or phone number in his/her profile.”

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/tik-tok-app-safety-what-parents-need-to-know/

Online Safety

The use of the Internet for pupils at St. Bede's is an important part of their lives both at home and school. It is an essential tool that provides great opportunities for learning, communicating, playing and creating. However, despite the huge benefits of online technologies they can be a bit overwhelming, and present challenges to keeping children safe online.

In school e-safety is taught within PSHE and the Computing Curriculum and pupils take part in regular e-safety activities in order to remind them of the importance of keeping themselves safe and how to behave appropriately online. We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if the e-safety message is consistent and carried on at home. It is important that you as a parent are involved with your child’s online life and speak to them about how they can keep safe online.

Some tips to help you to keep your children safe online:

Explore e-safety websites – there are lots of useful links to e-safety sites, many are aimed at children and are fun to explore. Why not browse through them with your child?

Social Networking Sites – Sites such as, Facebook have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils in Years 7 and 8 should NOT be using them. They allow children to communicate with anyone.

Safety tools on social networking sites and other online services – most online services offer safety features, which allow you to protect privacy and manage access to age-inappropriate content. It is a good idea to think about the sites and services your family uses, and check out which features these sites have that might be helpful for you. Talk to your children and make sure they know how to use the tools on the sites and services they use.

Parental controls – home internet providers offer parental control settings that allow you to use filters that help to prevent age-inappropriate content being accessed at home.

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