Social Media Safety
Are you aware? Does your child have access to these sites?
In 2016, the BBC broadcast a docudrama about the murder of 14-year old Breck Bednar after he was groomed online. The programme ‘Murder Games’ saw Breck's family and friends recount how Breck was manipulated and isolated.
As a school we do discuss grooming as part of our online safety work. For older pupils (11+) there is a no-nonsense guide and activities available online through the Think U Know Thinkuknow website also has articles for teenagers about online grooming and gaming, which can be used to encourage young people to think about who they are really talking to online. They highlight the warning signs and provide realistic tips for safe chat as well as where to get help if things go wrong.
It is very important to have regular, open discussions with your children about what they are doing online, how to recognise risks and what to do if they are worried. It is particularly important to remind children how to report concerns and also to encourage parents and carers to seek support if they are concerned that their child might be being groomed.
You can contact the local police, children's social care department - 01629 533190 or report directly to CEOP. If a child is at immediate risk the police should be contacted via 999. Concerns can also be discussed with someone directly via the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Be 'SMART' on the Internet
S Safe - Keep safe be being careful not to give out personal information - such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name - to people you are chatting with online
M Meeting - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present
A Accepting - Accepting emails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R Reliable - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.
T Tell - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. You can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk
We talk to all our children about keeping themselves safe whenever they are online, it is really important that they receive the same messages at home. If you are a little unsure as to the messages you might share with your child please have a look at the links below.
1. e-safety tips for parents of primary aged children is available here
2. Test your internet safety knowledge here
3 .Think u know
4. Think u know cyber cafe - click here
It is important that every child in our school has a good level of awareness of being safe online. Please help us to share this message. Thank you.
The NSPCC has launched its Share Aware- Help your child stay safe on social networks campaign
Parents’ concerns about social networking sites that are popular with children are revealed today, as the NSPCC launches its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.
Keeping children safe online is the biggest child protection challenge of this generation. Parents have a vital role to play but social networking sites should also be responding to concerns about children’s safety and privacy. The NSPCC is working with internet companies and the Government to make the internet a safer place for children.
The NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of Junior and Secondary age children and features two animations to be shown on prime time TV and digital spaces. Please visit this link to see more information http://www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware