eSafety

Information for parents

Technology and the Internet can be fantastic - they can help our children to learn, to create amazing thing, to communicate and to entertain themselves and each other. Our children are surrounded by technology - it is a part and parcel of our daily lives.

Using technology and the Internet well is about using it safely and responsibly. Things can go wrong by accident or if behaviour isn’t sensible or responsible. Our job is not to stop young people from using technology but to ensure they have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to successfully navigate themselves through the online world so they become good digital citizens.

What responsibility should parents take?

It is vital that all parents with a responsibility for children take an appropriate degree of responsibility with regard to the safety of children online.

Here at Busill Jones we take this responsibility very seriously; as educators we are well aware of the risks involved in children’s use of online content. But, as parents, what responsibilities do you have? What action should you take?

In the same way that parents should be expected to take responsibility for children crossing the road, staying safe online is a vital protection we can offer our children in the modern age, and should be taken just as seriously.

Discuss online activity with your child

Make internet use an open and ongoing discussion between you and your child. Allow them to confide in you in a supportive way what they like to do online, which apps they like to use, and who they talk to online. In this way, provide them with the vital confidence to come to you if they’re unsure about something or if things do go wrong.

14 ways to be kind online

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. It’s been chosen because of its ability to strengthen relationships, develop a sense of community and deepen solidarity. It seems an appropriate choice given the current times. That’s why this week, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to help promote the message of displaying kindness online and to remind people how often, something so small can have such a big influence.

What you need to know about Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has risen in popularity since lockdown measures were introduced. Many schools have adopted the platform to help with remote learning with the ability to chat, video call and host online meetings with as many as 10,000 people. But as with any video conferencing software or live streaming app, there can be a number of things to consider around security and privacy. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what ‘Teams’ is all about.

TikTok Online Safety Guide

TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos much in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. At the beginning of 2019 it skyrocketed in popularity to become the iOS store’s most downloaded app with over 33 million downloads. Estimates suggest that it now has anything between 500 million and over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide.influence.

Fortnite Battle Royal online safety guide

There’s a very good chance you’ve heard of Fortnite, but what exactly is it? And why is it so popular amongst young people? Fortnite is an online multi-player “battle royale” game developed by Epic Games, and is playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobiles. It gained popularity in late 2017 and has since become the biggest game in the world, thanks to its rapid and engaging gameplay.

What you need to know about instagram.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Users can upload and edit photos and videos which they can share with their followers via their feed or through the ‘Stories’ feature. It’s widely used by celebrities and is famous for its ‘influencer culture’, with many companies paying the most popular accounts to help promote and sell their products and services. That’s why we’ve created this useful guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what Instagram is all about.

What you need to know about fake news.

Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform. It can also be genuine information that has been manipulated to deceive. It is important that we learn how to distinguish between real news and fake news.

What you need to know about momo challenge

Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform. It can also be genuine information that has been manipulated to deceive. It is important that we learn how to distinguish between real news and fake news.

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What you need to know about online grooming

It would be no exaggeration to state that children’s internet usage will have soared during the coronavirus lockdown. However, with increased use unfortunately comes increased risk and many experts and leading authorities in the media are warning of the dangers around online grooming. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what online grooming is all about.

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How to report

 

CEOP - Child Exploitations Online Protection (CEOP) website is a police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. WEBLINK: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

IWF - Internet Watch Foundation website is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. WEBLINK: https://www.iwf.org.uk/

 

UK Safer Internet Centre. Need help? This webpage contains information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour. WEBLINK: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

If you are immediate online danger or feel you are at risk,

Call 999 immediately

All PDF's with online information are from nationalonlinesafety.com

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