Online safety message from Almond Hill
Online Gaming and Live Streaming Apps
We spend a lot of time teaching children about online safety and appropriate use of the technology they have access to so they learn to use it safely. However, it is vital that carers and parents monitor use so you can ensure your child communicates properly and you are able to report any inappropriate responses. If you need any advice on how to monitor usage we have added information to our website – please follow the link: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
We appreciate that the online gaming world changes and is updating frequently. We receive links to guide you to information that may support you to keep your child safe online. Please see the links below.
Please use this website for good advice on protecting your child online: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/cyberbullying-and-digital-safety/protecting-your-child-online/
Many popular games include online message features. Certain games allow others to message you whether people are 'online friends' or just strangers. Roblox is a social platform for games that is currently very popular. There are games that allow strangers to message the players. Please be aware of this if your son/daughter is playing as some of the messages could contain inappropriate content.
Follow the link below for a 'Guide to Live Streaming Apps'. We would encourage all parents to look at this as it gives some useful information about which streaming apps are available, how they work and how to keep children safer online.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online:
Advice for Parents and Carers
Children use the internet in different ways depending on their age, here are some checklists for parents that give you top tips on how to help them stay safe. Safeguarding/Esafety’.https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
Please use this address for a wide range of support and advice for parents or carers who would like to know more about keeping their children safe on the internet: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Please may I remind all parents that responsible use of the internet and other forms of technology is best achieved through close monitoring of children’s use by parents. There is a wide range of information on our school website regarding safety and we are always willing to speak to parents individually should they need some specific support.
Sign posting for children and young people
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. 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 the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
Sign posting for adult stakeholders
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals.
You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
On various occasions, the Governors of Almond Hill have discussed the use of a school Facebook page. They have decided that, whilst they can appreciate some of the benefits it could bring e.g. enhancing communication with parents, due to the fact that a Facebook page would require constant monitoring and users could post comments in response to posts (which cannot be disabled) it is not a method of communication that they wish to set up for the school. The Governors do appreciate that communication is important between school and parents and all parents can access the School Gateway messaging system.