E-Safety for Parents
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: