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E Safety tip of the month – February 2018
Tuesday 6th February is Safer Internet Day. This year’s theme is ‘“Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.” The children will be thinking about how they can use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. At home you can use the ‘conversation starters’ on the E Safety page in the Parents section of the school website to have a conversation with your child about using the internet safely, responsibly and positively.
E Safety incident in Leeds, Jan 2017
You may have seen the reports in the media last week about an e-safety incident involving primary age children from Leeds. The incident did not take place in school or through an ‘app’ approved by a school. The incident is now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.
This incident has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues about smartphone ‘apps’ including live.ly and music.ly. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phone, but it appears that unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.
We would ask all parents to make sure that your child does not have access to such apps on their phone and to check that all privacy settings are switched on to make sure that children are protected when using any internet site.
If a child experiences or expresses concerns about online activity, it must be reported to the police using 101 and https://ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/.