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E-Safety for Parents

 

 

E-Safety for Parents

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An important note about the app 'Musical.ly':

Online safety – we would like to issue a warning to all parents regarding a popular app called ‘musically’. The app itself gives people the ability record themselves lip-syncing and dancing around to a certain song, also allowing people to ‘follow’ and befriend others on the mobile app. Concerns that parents are sharing have been sent directly to the app developers as well as local police, especially considering some pupils of primary school age are filming themselves and sharing pictures of themselves while wearing their uniform, meaning they can be easily located.

Parents are advised to make sure their children are using this app sensibly, by checking all messages received are appropriate and not allowing your child to share images or videos of themselves where they or the school they attend can be easily identified. This warning should be shared between all parents. If any parent feels they have any further problems with someone suspicious trying to contact your child, please inform the local police or call 101.  
                                                                                                                                    Information provided from Twinkl

 

               

 

Here at Thorpe Lea, we are committed to keeping our children safe. On a regular basis, many our children use the Internet as part of their learning therefore we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. To keep out children safe, our school internet settings are very secure - we have many filters which block inappropriate material being shown. One of our school governors, a trained IT consultant, works tirelessly to ensure that we keep up to date with the most recent guidance, support and software to keep our children safe using the internet at school.

 

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet and without the filters that we have at school, this, potentially allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes. Whilst we tend to think of children using the internet on the computer, with technology rapidly changing, please do remember that they can access it via tablets, laptops and mobile phones.

 

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

 

  • Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children in our children's E-Safety page on our website. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
  • Facebook / Bebo / Myspace/ Twitter - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. - More on age limits below.
  • Keep your computer/devices in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online
  • Adding parental controls to all internet devices - click here for more guidance.

 

Useful Links:

  • Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
  • 'Digital Parenting' magazine from Vodafone has lots of fantastic practical advice for parents.
  • Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
  • Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
  • Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
  • Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
  • Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK

A Parent's Guide to Online Safety - Instant Messaging - BBC

A Parent's Guide to Online Safety - Online Gaming - BBC

Gooseberry Parent Advice - Stop bullying online

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