Online Safety Update - 26th June 2020
You will have seen the ‘Granny’ statement (see below) on the newsletter for several weeks, to help promote online safety at home during the current lockdown. Issues on-line have increased dramatically throughout the country during the lockdown period. One officer in the Derbyshire Constabulary Neighbourhood Safeguarding Team has, this week alone, seen and dealt with issues where a 9 and 10 year olds have been targeted in relation to receiving and being asked for indecent images. One occurred via Tik Tok and one via on-line gaming. Please remain vigilant around your children’s online activities.
Derbyshire have an On-line Safety Facebook page where there is lots of information, and parents can ask any questions and one of digital PCSO’s will respond.
They have also share a brilliant guide to TikTok. Click here TikTok can be a wonderful app and it has enjoyed a dramatic rise to become one of the most popular social media apps on the planet. Young people, in particular, love its short-form video focus, and it is now one of Generation Z’s favourite tools of expression. There’s a good chance your child is either using it already or asking to be allowed on it – but what exactly is it, and are there any risks you should be aware of? This guide will help you understand more about what it is and how to keep your child safer if they are using it.
Also, you might want to talk to your children about online safety but not know the best way to do this.Below are links to age related activity packs for parents and carers to deliver to their children. They explore how children and young people can stay safe while live streaming:
I hope these recourses from the Think U Know website will be of use.
How safe are YOU Online?
The safety of our children is paramount to us as a school. As part of that we are constantly supporting the children with online safety lesson. However, we (as adults) did not have those lessons at school so how safe are you online? To support adults with their online presence and that of their children Derbyshire County Council have developed the Digital MOT. This is a cyber security assessment tool developed by the Community Safety Unit at Derbyshire County Council, in partnership with the Cybercrime Unit at Derbyshire Constabulary.
The MOT will take less than 5 minutes to complete and you will find out how safe you are and how you could be safer online.
The MOT website says,
“Phones, computers and tablets are part of everyday life - online banking, shopping, email and social media. But the longer you spend online, the more risks you are exposed to. So it's more important than ever to take steps to protect your accounts, data and devices from cyber criminals. By answering a few simple questions, we'll tell you the most important things you can do to protect yourself online. We'll email your personalised results in a colour-coded way.”
I have already do the MOT and found it useful for me and my children at home. I hope you do too.
The MOT can be found here, just click!
Online Safety Materials
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Online Safety Web Links
Understanding the risks and keeping your child safe.
Think You Know
Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.
News and articles surrounding internet safety.
Parent Controls - Broadband & Mobile
A fantastic website that will give you details on how to set parental controls on almost every device around the house.
Google Online Safety Centre
Keeping the web safe for everyone is a shared responsibility. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family online.
Barnardo's Real Love Rocks
An online space all about raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation and what a healthy and safe relationship is.
Play Like Share
Privacy Guide from a company called Lifecake
A Guide To Internet Safety & Privacy For Kids (And Parents). Including how to check account privacy settings of Social Media accounts.