E-safety Parents Meeting
Ahead of our E-safety presentation on Monday 3rd July 9:15 - 10:30, we have included a short presentation below highlighting some of the many dangers to be aware of when your child is accessing the internet...
In school the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning provides for a safe and secure online environment. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can help their children to 'Stay Safe' online outside of school. These websites provide comprehensive information about online safety and once parents and carers have a wider knowledge and understanding of the issues they can decide what is right for their family.
Herts for Learning produce an e-safety newsletter every term for parents. Please click on this link for the latest one: http://www.thegrid.org.uk/eservices/safety/news/newsletters/
Many children have a Facebook account even though the T & C state the minimum age is 13 years. To help raise awareness with parents/carers of the safeguarding implications and provide practical advice the HSCB eSafety group have developed a parent handout.
The following page also includes guidance on Facebook privacy setting
Instagram is a social networking service based on the sharing of photographs or short videos, usually from mobile devices. It has become very popular with young people, who like to ‘follow’ each other, build up numbers of ‘followers’ and use the service for text chatting and messaging, as well as sharing pictures and videos.
By default, photographs and videos published by a user are public, and anyone can see them and follow the user. The user must actively choose to make their posts private in order to protect them. If selected, images and videos can also be added to a ‘photo map’ which shows where each picture was taken, therefore potentially giving away the location of the user. A user’s profile picture and ‘bio’ is public, even if he/she chooses to make their posts private.
Herts for Learning have created a short guidance sheet on Instagram, aimed at parents, carers and young people.
Ask.fm is a social networking website that enables users to ask and answer questions. It has become popular with young people and there are millions of users around the world. Partly because of the ability for users to post anonymous questions, the site can be abused and used for cyberbullying and the posting of obscene and offensive messages. There have been several national stories about how the negative use of Ask.fm has resulted in tragic events with young people.
Ask.fm is frequently used by children under 13, despite the terms of the site stating that users have to be older than this. If children and young people are using the site there are steps they should take in order to manage the risks and improve their safety.
eSafety Advisers from the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board have created a guidance document and a video to highlight these steps. Please note that following this guidance does not make the use of Ask.fm safe, and there will always be risks associated with its use.
Childnet International has been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media to produce a new resource for parents and carers and those working with them: Video guides for the free ISP parental controls. The videos are available on the Safer Internet Centre website and the films can be embedded or downloaded.