Ask, Seek, Knock. Matthew 7:7
Online Safety includes the safe use of the internet with electronic devices such as computers, tablets, consoles and mobile phones. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experience.
Why Internet use is important
Internet use is a part of the curriculum and is a necessary tool for staff and pupils. Pupils use the Internet widely outside school and need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.
The following resources provide advice on how to keep safe when using the internet for parents and your child.
The school Online safety policy is available here.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in inappropriate activity / exploitation. This can be something that has taken place either online or in the 'real world', or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking on the CEOP button above.
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Dealing with Viral Media Scares
Parents may well be aware of the Momo trend on social media and the internet. There have been a number of disturbing news stories on this topic and we are aware that some of our children have encountered the trend. We have included in the newsletter some information for parents that you may find useful. I would also plead with parents to monitor their child’s use of the internet, it is clear that this is often not happening. Yesterday I did an assembly with the children that focused on online safety. I do not think it is appropriate to draw the children’s attention to Momo, so it was not mentioned specifically, but I did talk to children about the importance of not believing everything on the internet and also the importance of telling a trusted adult of anything which is causing concern. We are also sending home a letter regarding a free session for parents about online safety more broadly. We would as many of you to attend as possible. It is worth pointing out that an alternative narrative to the Momo phenomenom is emerging, where it is suggested that sensationalist accounts drives internet traffic to websites reporting on the trend, which is shared by well-meaning parents. It is certainly the case that the majority of children who have spoken to me this week have no first hand experience of Momo, but they have heard others talking about it. Consequently we all need to consider whether the way we talk about Momo is being helpful or simply fanning the flames.
Some suggestions from the local authority's online safety team:
Read this and watch the video posted by Internet Matters Andy Robertson first (and then the LGfL one as they both give clear and balanced views) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=5vTRCIXanJA
Good advice from: · Rebecca Avery (Kent) https://www.theeducationpeople.org/blog/online-safety-alerts-think-before-you-scare-updated-2019/ There are links within this article which are very useful.
Useful to share with Parents · Net Family News https://www.netfamilynews.org/about-momo-dealing-with-viral-media-scares · Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/debunking-the-momo-challenge-6-tips-on-how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-scaremongering-suicide-games_uk_5c700160e4b03cfdaa54604d?utm_hp_ref=uk-parents