The UK’s lead officer for child protection has called for a boycott of social media sites in order to force them into safeguarding children better online. Stating that companies would take notice of “reputational damage”, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he thought...
YOLO is the new question and answer app, designed to work through Snapchat, allowing users to ask questions and send messages to each other completely anonymously. Following its release last month, it quickly become the most downloaded app in the world despite minimal...
This #WakeUpWednesday we're talking about LIKE (soon to be rebranded as Likee). Similarly to TikTok, Like is a free video creation and editing app that has a global community of over 200 million users who can create any type of video, add their own special effects and...
There has been a UK rise in cases of online grooming via social media, you may have seen this on the news today. Please see the BBC news article below. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47410520 Instagram and Grooming
This is a great article related to comments on youtube videos and guidelines/ support for parents: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47408969 YouTube Comments
Please follow the below links to see daily mail article and video. Victim speaks to parents about risks of teenagers sending nudes: https://mol.im/a/6671841#v5163714979228201918 via http://dailym.ai/androd
This #WakeUpWednesday we’re broadcasting a re-vamped version of our popular YouTube guide. Heavily used by children and young people, Ofcom’s Media and Attitudes report (2018) reveals that even children as young as three are using the site as a form of...
This #WakeUpWednesday we’re giving trusted adults 14 tips to get smart about smart home devices. This guide will help you identify some of the ways you can stay alert and protect yourself and your children from the associated risks. What are...
This #WakeUpWednesday we’re giving trusted adults 9 tips to get smart about smart children's devices. Children are using smart devices from a much younger age than ever before. Therefore it’s essential we talk to our children about how to use them...
There have been concerns raised about an app called Monkey and some schools are reporting that it’s having issues with pupils who use it. As a result here is some detailed information about the app and concerns and potential risks. Monkey What is it? - The Monkey app...
Options for reporting or talking through online problems:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. It is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Anybody with concerns that a pupil is being groomed or sexually exploited, including involvement in Sexting should contact them directly using the link below. I would strongly recommend that if possible you also contact Mr Lindsay or any member of the Safeguarding team here at Hurworth as we may need to make additional referrals to Children’s Services.
Childline Instant Help
The link provided below will take you to the Childline website where you can click the explore button to find out more about topics such as Cyber Bullying and Online and Mobile Safety. More importantly if you click on the 1 to 1 Chat Online link you can contact a Childline counsellor in a 1 to 1 online chat (like instant messenger) about any online problems. Childline state that no problem is too big or too small.
Here you can find the latest information on websites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too with resources you can use at home or just to get yourself up to speed with the latest developments. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Internet Watch Foundation
If you have inadvertently stumbled across potentially illegal online content, specifically images of child sexual abuse, criminally obscene material or anything that incites racial hatred then please submit a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF works in partnership with the police, government, the online industry and the public to combat this type of material and you are helping to make the internet safer for all by taking this action.
Options for finding information about online safety guidance:
All the websites listed above have both reporting tools and sections of information and advice relating to e-safety. In addition to these you may find the following useful:
The Twitter feed from the CEOP website has many tweets with up to date information about online safety. It covers the type of current activity taking place not only across the UK but also specifically what is happening regionally.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.