We do as much as we can at Gretton to educate our young people about the dangers they are facing and what they can do to stay safe online.
Supporting parents to do the same is important to us, so please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions.
We would like to ensure our students stay safe online. With the expansion of students having access to online content through smart phones, it is essential that our students are aware of the dangers, use caution and act responsibly online. We believe it is essential that all students’ online use is monitored both in and out of school.
We advise all parents and carers to monitor carefully what their children are doing online, including their conversations with friends or other people online. This may require you having full access to their devices so you can see the online applications they are using. We recommend you understand the applications (or apps) they have installed and that privacy settings are enabled so their profiles are not available to anyone but their friends that they know.
There has been some recent developments with some social media platforms that we believe can potentially increase the risk to our students. These include the following:
- You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the online video game ‘Fortnite’. The concerns include; the chat function, allowing students to potentially speak with strangers; the in-app purchases and the addictive nature of the game. For further information and guidance regarding child safety please see this ‘Fortnite Factsheet’ (pdf) from The Key – Safeguarding Training Centre.
- Snapchat have recently introduced a location-sharing feature called ‘Snap Maps’ it is possible to disable the feature using the privacy settings. Please ensure that you and your children follow the guidance regarding who can see your location.
- Monkey, is a social media app, which allows people to ‘chat’ anonymously with other people around the world. We would recommend caution using such a service as it is essential students are aware of who they are talking to. There has been some serious safeguarding issues concerning this app recently in the National press.
- We would like to draw your attention to a teen drama called ‘13 Reasons Why’ (pdf), available online, which tells the story of 17-year-old high school student who commits suicide.
- Emoji meanings that some adults may not be aware of. Please ensure you update your knowledge so you are able to understand your childrens messages!
- Catfish Guide for parent/carers surrounding fake online profiles and advice on monitoring this.
- MOMO Challenge for parent/carers information regarding the online ‘freaky game’ being accused of targeting children in a negative way via social media channels.
Useful Information and Links
Recommended Internet Safety Sites
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety
What is sexting? And how to engage with your child about the issue:
A guide on how to change privacy settings on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/help/privacy
More advice on Facebook settings https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/09/17/protect-facebook-places/
Google Safe Search.
A filter system that can be applied directly to Google
How to apply filters on your PC, Mac and games consoles: