CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) Safety Centre
The 'Click CEOP' button above has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals a simple and easy way of gaining access to a trusted online safety advice, help and support. It provides direct access to an online system for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to the CEOP.
Internet Safety/Social Media/Sexting
We place great emphasis on understanding the safe use of the internet. However, as we all recognise, the internet holds pitfalls for all our children that they need to learn how to safely navigate. We at Pilsley Primary are dedicated to keeping our children as safe as possible by giving them the right skills and knowledge to make safe choices. To that end we regularly build in to the curriculum refreshers of what they should do in specific circumstances.
We use the resources set out below and the more experience the children have of these the greater their understanding.
IMPORTANT: HOME INTERNET GUIDANCE
Specifically for you as parents we have listed the links below which set out how to set parental controls on internet access. Though these controls are not perfect they will certainly help. You can also find here links to advice on YouTube and Google safesearch.
The link below will take you to information on how to make Game Consoles and Handhelds such as IPods safer for your children too.
We would strongly recommend that you consider taking control of what your child can access via the internet but also taking the time to discuss with them why.
The app 'Roblox' has very quickly become very popular with children in our school. Please be aware of an open chat room facility in the games. This is a site recommended for ages 8-18 although is also available to adults. There have been some reviews by parents published on Common Sense Media that have highlighted additional concerns. Use of this game and specifically the chat rooms/friend requests should be monitored closely by parents. Private chat does not have a filter system for the language used and this has been a problem where parents have reported inappropriate language. Please make absolutely sure when/if you sign your child up to this that you put the correct age of your child to ensure filters of content are age appropriate.
What is Pokémon Go? Please click HERE for further information.
Pokemon Go is an app enabling users to create and name a character and partake in an augmented (blending holograms with the real world) mobile version of the Pokemon game made popular through Nintendo.
The term ‘sexting’ is derived from texting and refers to the sending of sexually provocative material (including photos, videos and sexually explicit text) from modern communication devices or applications, such as mobile phones, tablets, email, social networking sites and instant messaging services.
Specifically ‘sexting’ is images or videos generated by children under the age of 18, or of children under the age of 18 that are of a sexual nature or are indecent.
A Parent’s Guide to Sexting – What to do and how to handle it.
Sexting: How to keep your child stay safe – NSPCC resource.
January 2016: The government has announced a package of measures to help keep children safe online. These include a guide to help parents keep their children safer online, content for social media and interactive service providers, updated content for parents/carers and new industry-led initiatives to help children become safer online.
Mobile Apps and Games
The NSPCC has asked 600 primary school children what information they needed to stay safe online. More than 80% said they needed to know more about privacy settings on mobile apps and games.
We would strongly recommend that you look at the revised 'Net Aware Guide' which keeps parents informed of issues around social media sites and online platforms popular with their children. 12 new sites have been added to NetAware which now has over 60 social networking sites, apps and games which children use.
We would also recommend using www.commonsensemedia.org which allows you to explore media by age, which uses a traffic light system for ease of use, informs parents what they need to know about the media in question and what the child can learn from the media.
There has been much talk recently about both the benefits and the downsides to social media. This includes concerns not only over cyberbullying but also how children can keep themselves safe. With Primary aged children now having access to social media the school has added some guidance above to help you help your child.
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The checklists cover everything professional, parents and young people need to know in order to manage information and stay safe online while using these services. The handy guides include advice on how to manage your privacy and control what and who you share information with, how to block and report, as well as how delete or deactivate an account. All three checklists were produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre helpline in partnership with safety teams of the three service providers - Facebook, Snapchat & Twitter.
The Twitter checklist has also been printed and can be ordered in hard copy from the online store.