We’re all spending more time online, in fact the time spent watching TV has actually reduced in favour of online media. (Ofcom’s research into media use)
Talking about online safety a little, but often, works best.
‘social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.’
The Momo Challenge
New ‘challenges’ are arising on the internet all the time.The Momo challenge is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time.
It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country.
Dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly) … YouTubeKids.
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to keep children and young people safe.
If someone online has acted inappropriately towards you, your child or young person you know, please use the CEOP button to report it.
Checking apps, games and websites
It’s sometimes difficult to know if media is appropriate for our children, especially if it’s an app or website that we haven’t used.
Common Sense Media lets you search for movies, apps, games and websites and see their official age rating as well a recommended age from other parents.
NSPCC Net Aware, is a similar service. Helping you find ratings and information on games, online apps and more.
Accidents can happen and sometimes inappropriate content is available in places you wouldn’t expect. We recommend setting parental restrictions and content filtering (available from most internet service providers).
No restrictions are completely infallible. It’s ok for children to make mistakes, it’s important that they know to get help from an adult.
Help and advice
If you have an urgent issue, something online was really not acceptable then please use the CEOP button above to report it directly to the police.
If you’ve got questions or not sure how you can help your child, please pop in or call for a chat with their coach or year manager.
Or, ask to speak to any of our designated Safeguarding / Child Protection specialists:
Mr King – Assistant Principal
Miss Remmington – Student Support Leader
Miss Jackson – Post 16 Pastoral Support Leader