Start times for school, Year 7 - 8.50am, Year 8 - 8.45am, Year 9 - 8.40am, Year 10 - 8.35am, Year 11 - 8.30am Sixth Form - 8.25am

With social media being the go to network for everyone, it is important that we take all precautions in protecting our online safety. Below you will find checklists for the most popular social media sites we access on a day to day basis. These checklists provide you with guidance on how to ensure your social media sites have been set up safely.

Facebook
Instagram
Snapchat
Twitter


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Updated Notices for Parents

#OnlineSafetyAtHome - Home Activity Packs

#OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign has been created by the NCA-CEOP Thinkuknow Education Team to support parents and carers during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they release new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities parents and carers can do with their child to support their online safety at home. They are suitable for ages 4-14+. You can find these packs here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets


Technology and devices are at the forefront of the Coronavirus  crisis for all of us including our students. The importance and increased usage of technology at this current time makes us all more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity attacks. 

The National Cyber Security Centre have launched the ‘Cyber Aware’ Campaign which offers advice and guidance to help us protect our passwords as well as secure our devices and accounts. 

The link below will take you directly to the website where you can read the UK governments advice on staying secure online

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home

Taking a short amount of time to read the advice published will enable you to keep yourself and your family safe during these difficult times.


"The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety” - This helpful guide contains a variety of information on how to keep teens safe, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens could be exposed to online. You will find a range of safety tips for using the most common apps used by children as well as links to additional internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.

https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/the-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-teen-online-safety.


West Yorkshire Police advice

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/online-crime-safety/online-safety/cyber-crime/advice-parents


Do video games actually cause violent behaviour?

As technology progresses, violent content and graphics for video games have increasingly popular. There are many questions as to whether this can potentially link to violent and disruptive behaviour in young people. This guide discusses arguments both for and against this idea.

Are you concerned about the risks online?

With internet users getting younger and younger, misuse of the internet and mobile phones has become even more prominent causing the use of the internet to become a serious issue.

If you are wanting more information about potential risks, internet safety and how you can protect your younger children ‘What’s the problem?’ parent pack provides some very useful advice.

The Parents Protect Website is also available for advice and guidance - https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/?utm_campaign=927400_Stop%20It%20Now%21%20helpline%20Follow%20up%20%28Secondary%20Schools%20-%20Oscar%20Research%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Lucy%20Faithfull%20Foundation&dm_i=48W7,JVL4,3S42KK,2B6BA,1


Protecting yourself Online’. Knowing the types of scams we can be vulnerable to is imperative in order for you to be able to protect yourself. Click on the Proctecting yourself Online which outlines some of the key points you need to remember when handling your personal details online whether it be through websites, social media or email.   


‘YUBO’ – the Tinder like app for young people!

Yubo is a social media app which lets youngsters meet people online. The functionality of it is similar to the well know social media dating app Tinder. Google play store describes Yubo as ‘A social app to meet new friends and have fun with them. Friendship is going to the next level! It's like being in a party and meeting cool people every 10 seconds.’ 

It allows young people to:

  • Meet new people from all over the world by swiping right.
  • Swipe left to pass.
  • One-to-one chat options allows people to chat online with your new friends in a private conversation.

The links below allows you to become familiar with Yubo and find out all the information you need to know

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/yubo-formerly-yellow-social-media-app-parents-need-know/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjsbnh-6L4QIVL5PtCh3KUwVDEAAYASAAEgLHdPD_BwE

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


Kik Messenger; a free messaging app aimed at users aged thirteen and over. Used by more than 300 million people worldwide, Kik lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and web pages with friends, family, chatbots and even strangers. Police in the UK issued a safety warning earlier in the year, claiming that Kik has featured in ‘more than 1,100 child sexual abuse cases in the last five years’ and that ‘children are at risk’ on the app.

How much do you know about Kik? Click here to read the guide


#onlinesafety guide for parents & carers about 'TikTok'; the social media/music video app sweeping the globe!


A guide for parents & carers to raise awareness about 'online grooming'. Every child is at risk and we need trusted adults to be able to spot the signs before it’s too late


What is Fortnite

http://www.childnet.com/blog/a-parents-guide-to-fortnite-battle-royale


Intersting article from the BBC News website regarding gaming addiction (18.6.18)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-44504683/computer-game-addiction-i-spend-20-plus-hours-a-week-gaming


To report a concern please use the following site:

ceop

Useful websites for information to parents and carers on a range of e-safety topics such as reporting a concern on CEOP, how to use social media in a safe manner and lots more.

www.internetmatters.org/

http://theblog.is/lac/2015/07/08/123/.

www.iwf.org.uk

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

http://www.childline.org.uk

http://parentinfo.org

Information provided by our Safer Schools Officer

For students

For parents