E-Safety Workshops 14th October 2016
Very many thanks to Sarah Badley (Internet Safety Officer) from the multi award winning Dorset Safe Schools and Community Team for visiting our school and updating us all on aspects of E-Safety. Contact: https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/safe-schools-team/
Thank you also to the many parents who attended the Parent Workshop: the feedback that was received was extremely positive. The advice was centred on:
Understanding children and young people’s use of the Internet
Reducing the risk
Dealing with E-Safety incidents
How to access help and support from others
The clear message this year is know more about your children’s online life, for example: which sites or apps are your children accessing; who are they in contact with; and what are they doing or playing on line. With so many digital devices including TVs, mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles and computers all accessing the internet the emphasis must be on educating children to use them wisely, about the risks and making sure you (as parents or carers) understand how to control them. Strong recommendation was given that parental controls should be set up on all these digital devices but be aware these are not a total safeguard. It was stressed that it is important that you deal with all devices in the home that access the internet generally, but in addition you should know how the games or apps can be managed and set individual settings appropriately.
What are the Risks? This was identified as being the two Cs:
Content – is it age appropriate and does it have illegal content such as child abuse images?
Contact – from unknown people and young people openly engaging with strangers
What is Popular at the Moment
Parents were shown a variety of games/apps that are becoming increasingly popular with children at the moment. I have briefly listed some below along with the main issues concerning these. The clear message was that these are continually updated so you do need to keep checking the settings are appropriate for your child.
slither.io – play over internet but no chat so ***safe**
Minecraft – content fine but play over internet and has chat/messaging facilities so if given free access children can be communicating with anyone (this is also relevant for Club Penguin/Moshi Monsters/RoBlox/Clash of Clans to name but a few)
PokemonGo – new craze – uses GPS to find your location and you walk around catching Pokemon
Instagram/Facebook – Instagram is current social networking site of choice for 9- 12 year olds – sharing, contacts, privacy settings
Snapchat – Images/videos sent to someone and set to disappear after 1-10 seconds. However, these can easily be recorded by screenshot or another device. Also 3rd party apps can use data and can save images. Also has general safety issues.
Spotify – music streaming but has chat facility
Musical.ly – children make short videos of themselves – can post publically
ooVoo/Skype –video calling
The advice was to set up some ‘House Rules’ for using digital devices including for how long and at what times children can use them, where in the house their use is acceptable (with primary school children not alone in a bedroom or late at night), and to ensure that you know children’s passwords and keep checking the devices so you know who they are talking to and what they are viewing or posting. Most importantly, keep chatting to the children about their on-line life as they need someone that they are comfortable chatting to if there ever should be a problem. Emphasis was put on sitting with your children and discussing and teaching them aspects of E-Safety rather than just banning them from using the Internet as children will always find a way round such sanctions.
The strong message throughout was: don’t be afraid of the Internet, but be aware that there are some dangers, educate yourself and your children how to deal with these and finally if your child should come to you with a problem – breathe, relax and then deal with it calmly. One of the reasons that can put children off sharing issues is the fear that they might lose the equipment that they love using (try not to ban their
i-pad or phone). If you have any concerns don’t forget the Dorset Safe Schools and Community Team are just a click away - https://www.dorset.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/safe-schools-team/
Feedback was extremely positive and parents went away with the knowledge of how to keep their children safe. The children then attended age related workshops as detailed below: Tips
Year 3 & 4: The workshops focused on keeping themselves safe on-line and being aware of how ‘strangers’ on line can pose as children and elicit a great deal of information from simple statements. Children were introduced to the SMART rules for e-safety using Cara and her team from Think U Know https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Years 5 & 6: During the session they were shown videos http://www.ceop.police.uk/ which illustrated how easy it is for strangers to access personal information, including where you are likely to be for recreation. The videos were quite hard-hitting so hopefully the children will ensure that they keep their personal data to themselves. They were also shown how to find and use privacy settings when online. Report abuse buttons were discussed, as well as the need to tell a responsible adult if they feel unhappy or unsafe about anything that is happening. The children were also directed to the Think U Know website where children can also report abuse.