April 2018 update -
Fortnite :Battle Royale has recently become popular amongst young people. Available as a game and as an app, up to 100 players battle it out to be the last person alive on an island.
The National Crime Agency recently issued advice. Fortnite has voice and text chat between players which cannot be turned off, so a child could be talking to strangers.
Free O2 NSPCC helpline - Call 0808 800 5002 to speak with a fully trained person about online safety. For face-to-face support you can visit an O2 store (even if you are not an O2 customer for a free Guru appointment with a tech expert, for example to learn how to set up controls to keep your child safe.
March 2018 update - Warning to parents - we have been made aware of a new app that we think parents need to know about:
Houseparty - Group Video Chat is a video-focused social media app. Friends (and friends of friends) can communicate with each other via live video and texts. Because there's no screening and the video is live, there's always the possibility of inappropriate content for children.
Also, we have had reports of concerns regarding Instagram live. There is a male person targeting local schoolchildren (including some primary school pupils) who is exposing himself live. These children have already accepted this man as a contact - please speak with your child to re-inforce the internet safety message, and that 'stranger danger' also applies online!
Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with parents and carers and helping them to recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and how to respond is key to protecting children.
The Forest High school is committed to promoting the well-being of all our students and protecting them from harm. With this in mind we would like to share with you some useful websites and a free online learning tool covering Child exploitation. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. As I am sure you are aware the need for parents to keep the lines of communication with your children as open as possible and work together to figure out what’s appropriate for them in terms of safety, privacy, and reputation whilst using technology.
Snapchat - There is a misconception with children that Snapchat is ‘safe’ because the appeal of having your messages or images disappear in seconds. This is not the case, 100% safe sharing does not exist. Did you know that snapchat has a minimum age of 13? CEOP has some useful information, and a parents’ guide to Snapchat. Click here - http://www.connectsafely.org/
According to a recent National survey, "78% of parents can't identify all the key signs of child sexual exploitation." (YouGov 2013). Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with parents and carers and helping them to recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and how to respond is key to protecting children.
The GSCB (Gloucestershire’s Safeguarding Childrens Board) is promoting a free resource for parents developed by Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) in partnership with the Safeguarding Children e-Academy.
Click www.Paceuk.info to access this free learning tool. On the search button type Keep them safe, then click the interactive CSE learning tool. You can even print yourself a Certificate! This information will help you to:
Feedback from parents about Paceuk:
"It is very good at explaining not only the signs, but what to do if you suspect it is happening."
"I found it very informative, the voice over kept me focused, plenty of contact agencies for further information, help, advice and support. The course took just about the right length of time to complete and is parent friendly."
More Useful links to share with your child:
Below is a link to a free online course to helpl parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.
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