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  • Staying Safe Online - Latest News Tik Tok Currently the most popular free app on the App Store in the US, having been downloaded almost 80 million times, this Chinese video app, TikTok, has also recently ...
    Posted by N Nelson
  • Childnet Online Resources Childnet produce a range of resources for parents, students and teachers. Their mission is to work with others to help make the internet a great and a safe place for ...
    Posted 5 Nov 2018, 03:35 by N Nelson
  • Get Safe Online Get Safe Online is a website that provides lots of information about staying safe online. They have produced this guide to keeping children safe over the holidays. https://www.getsafeonline ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2018, 23:40 by N Nelson
  • Twitter - A Guide for Parents and Students Age…  13 + Consists of…  Photo/Video Sharing Messaging Location Sharing Content Sharing About the app: Twitter is a social media site and app that lets you post public messages called ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2018, 07:14 by N Nelson
  • Safe Watching and Sharing of Videos Please click on this link to read more about promoting safe watching and sharing of online videos
    Posted 15 Jun 2018, 00:51 by N Nelson
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We have highlighted a number of websites you might find useful.

An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global taskforce.

Sexting - What parents need to know. A new campaign about Sexting has been launched.

Part of the CEOP Centre's work to promote safe internet use. Register on their site and receive a range of resources to use with children and young people in schools and other organisations. These include webcam safety videos and factsheets to hand to parents.

A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children.
More good ideas and a 10 minute online presentation.
 
Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied.
 
Interactive resource dealing with the main causes for concern.
 
An excellent site with lots of good information to help them understand the importance of safe surfing.
 
A useful jargon buster of terms.
 
Please don't forget that the internet and social media is an excellent tool when used responsibly and you are aware of the issues. If you are concerned about anything you should report it. 

Staying Safe Online - Latest News

posted by N Nelson

Tik Tok

Currently the most popular free app on the App Store in the US, having been downloaded almost 80 million times, this Chinese video app, TikTok, has also recently taken over Music.aly and is growing in popularity here in the UK. 

A platform for creating and sharing entertaining short-form video content (15 seconds), as well as live broadcasting, users typically post short, comical videos of themselves lip-syncing to a song or film-clip. 

BE AWARE: as with Houseparty, with no system in place to verify a user’s age, inappropriate content (often popular music that does contain explicit language) can and does appear in the stream. 

While privacy settings allow users to decide whether other users can upload and comment on content, when these aren’t selected videos can end up in open forums (e.g. Instagram) and attract negative comments which can ultimately impact mental wellbeing.

Instagram TV (IGTV)

This long form video sharing service was launched in June 2018 and allows users to upload videos up to one hour in length (video capabilities had previously been limited to a maximum of 30 seconds on Instagram). It is essentially a video free-for-all: subscribers can view videos from the people they follow and popular “creators”.  In the long term Instagram wants to host “shows” that will challenge traditional TV.   

BE AWARE: no content restrictions and unmanaged hashtags make it very easy for children and young people to view inappropriate material.

Houseparty

Houseparty allows up to 8 separate people to chat simultaneously using a split screen feature – with separate chat boxes for each member of the ‘party’, meaning participants can see the whole party in real time. Outside of pure recreation, older children and teens enjoy using this app for group school projects. 

BE AWARE: with no minimum age setting, mature content, explicit material and sexting are a risk.  If privacy filters aren’t used, while specific friends may have been selected for the chat, any connections of any of the invited participants can also pop into the chat group.

 

 

Childnet Online Resources

posted 5 Nov 2018, 03:35 by N Nelson

Childnet produce a range of resources for parents, students and teachers. Their mission is to work with others to help make the internet a great and a safe place for children and young people. You can find out more on their website.


Get Safe Online

posted 16 Jul 2018, 23:40 by N Nelson

Get Safe Online is a website that provides lots of information about staying safe online. They have produced this guide to keeping children safe over the holidays.

 https://www.getsafeonline.org/safekids/

 

Twitter - A Guide for Parents and Students

posted 27 Jun 2018, 07:14 by N Nelson

Age…
  13 +

Consists of… 

Photo/Video Sharing

Messaging

Location Sharing

Content Sharing

About the app:

Twitter is a social media site and app that lets you post public messages called tweets. These can be up to 280 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages and post pictures/videos. Brands, companies and celebrities can also have Twitter accounts.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/twitter/

For more detailed information on Twitter and its safety, rules and regulations. Press Ctrl + Click the link above!

Children’s Views:

What do children and young people say to look out for:

15% of the children and young people who reviewed Twitter thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Twitter were:

·        Seeing inappropriate content

·        It can be used for bullying people

·        It’s hard to know what’s true

Why young people like it:

·        People write funny tweets

·        Being able to express yourself

·        Following celebrities and finding out what’s going on in the world

Parents say:

“Apart from choosing a user name, it was very easy to sign up. With a valid email address, you can sign up as anybody. Absolutely no measures in place to verify ID or age.” – Father of a 13-year-old girl

“There’s plenty of sexist, racist and fascist content on Twitter. Intolerance towards ethnic minorities, women being bullied, dismissed or sexualised. There are hard-core pornographic accounts on Twitter.” – Father of 11 and 13 year olds

Young people say:

“I like that I can see what’s happening at certain places and what people think about certain things. Without the right settings you can be contacted by anyone but it is simple to set privacy settings.” Boy – 13                     

“It is very difficult to control the information that circulates throughout Twitter, as anyone can share tweets, images and videos of another person, whose content could be deemed offensive.” 18-Year-Old

“I like healthy discussion with people you wouldn't be able to normally talk to. But such a high usage means different people with different opinions can cause people to be offended and argue just to offend.” Girl - 17

What Twitter say: "Twitter is the place to find out about what's happening in the world right now. Whether you're interested in music, sports, politics, news, celebrities, or everyday moments—come to Twitter to see and join in on what's happening now."

Safe Watching and Sharing of Videos

posted 15 Jun 2018, 00:51 by N Nelson

Please click on this link to read more about promoting safe watching and sharing of online videos

Keeping Children Safe Online

posted 11 May 2018, 01:37 by N Nelson

The course is Free but we do ask individuals to book a ticket so that we can manage numbers. To book a ticket click HERE or visit the LSCB website www.iowscb.org.uk

Instagram: A Guide for Students and Parents/Carers

posted 24 Apr 2018, 05:16 by Nat Admin

Age…  13 +


Consists of…  

Photo/Image Sharing

Messaging

Location Sharing

Content Sharing


About the app:

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram. Instagram allows live streaming.


https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/

For more detailed information on the Snapchat App and its safety, rules and regulations. Press Ctrl + Click the link above!


Children’s Views:

What do children and young people say to look out for:


34% of the children and young people who reviewed Instagram thought that it can be risky. The top risks were:

  • Strangers following or talking to them, particularly adults

  • Bullying, especially people posting mean posts or pictures

  • Hacking and fake accounts

  • People screenshotting and sharing their pictures and videos without permission



Why young people like it:

  • The main things that young people told us they liked about this site were:

  • Seeing what your friends are doing and commenting on their pictures

  • Following your favourite celebrities

  • Seeing and sharing funny pictures and videos


Parents say:

“Parents should be aware of the option to have your profile private. It may not stop children from seeing what's on other people's profiles and feeds but as long as they are careful who they accept as a follower they can keep their own information private.” - Father of girls aged 10 and 11

“It's easy to set the account to private. It's also easy to look at the followers list to check images aren't shared inappropriately.” - Father of girls aged 7, 11 and 13


Young people say:

“It can be risky if you’re not private as strangers can follow you and message you and you can see photos you shouldn’t be seeing.” - Girl, 13

“Anyone can see your pictures if you don't have a private account.” - Boy, 15

“If you put the location on your photo people can see it.” - Girl, 13

82% of young people who reviewed Instagram said they know how to change their privacy settings on this site.

64% said they know how to turn off their location settings.


Snapchat - A guide for Parents and Students…

posted 22 Feb 2018, 11:11 by N Nelson   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 11:15 ]

Age…13+

Consists of… 

  • Photo/Image Sharing
  • Video Chat
  • Messaging
  • Location Sharing
  • Content Sharing

About the app…

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo, short video or message to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10 seconds before disappearing, or there is an option to have no time limit. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours. It also has a new feature called Snapchat Maps, this is a feature that if turned on, allows your Snapchat friends to see where you are in the world.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/

For more detailed information on the Snapchat App and its safety, rules and regulations. Click the link above!

Top 5 Questions Parents Have About Snapchat

1. Why do kids love Snapchat?

They love the spontaneity of it. It's been (rightfully) drummed into their heads for years that photos and videos you share are on the Web forever and are really hard to take back, so Snapchat's a relief in a lot of ways. It's playful and "in the moment" – a nice change from issues in social media services that display photos and videos indefinitely.

 2. Does Snapchat have a minimum age?

Yes, the minimum age is 13, in compliance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Snapchat ask for a date of birth when you download it, and if your birthday indicates you’re under 13, you’re not allowed to use the app.

3. What are the risks in using Snapchat?

Though there's nothing dangerous about Snapchat, early news coverage fairly predictably associated disappearing photos sent on phones with "sexting." Many assume Snapchat's biggest draw is the temporary nature of its messages, which encourages people to share racy images without worrying about the consequences. But most people – including most teens -- don’t use Snapchat that way. They use it because it’s fun.

4. What's the appeal of having your messages disappear in seconds?

Because photos and videos go away and aren't on display anywhere, there isn't the reputation anxiety or image-curation fatigue people feel in other services. The ephemeral aspect also adds a degree of safety, as long as people don't have a false sense of security about it. Images can be saved as screenshots or captured with another phone or a third party app. So, as always with digital media, 100% safe sharing doesn't exist.

5. What's the best way to help kids stay safe on Snapchat?

Respect toward self and others makes us safer. Whether the experience is positive or negative depends so much on how people use the app or service. It just never hurts to have a conversation (never a lecture) with them about how they use Snapchat.  

 

Anything you post online is there forever… THINK before you post!!

 

Snapchat update

posted 25 Jun 2017, 06:34 by Nat Admin   [ updated 25 Jun 2017, 06:43 ]

There has been an update to snapchat which shows the location of the person using it. We are concerned about this and would suggest that if students are using this app set your privacy setting to 'ghost mode' which does not allow other to see where you are. You can read more about it in this article in the Telegraph newspaper.

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