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SnapChat

Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. Remember a child sharing their location can be a very risky thing to do.

There are three possible privacy settings on SnapChat:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe.

 

This is an extremely popular app with young people and it is worth sharing with both your pupils and parents.

Further detail can be found at:  Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)

Lots of good advise for setting up parental controls on tablets and social media settings here

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Be aware - The Blue Whale game
The Police have asked that we circulate to all schools, a dangerous new game that has hit social media.

The following has originated from a Police Safer Schools Officer in Leeds.

 

The Blue Whale game is a dangerous game that is popular at the moment in Russia and spreading across Eastern Europe.

 

The game is played online and spreads through social media.

 

Players are appointed a "master/teacher" and these "masters/teachers" challenge the players in stages, to tattoo a Blue Whale somewhere on the body, usually the arm or the leg. As the game goes on the players are encouraged to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide.

 

All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called "master/teacher". The game is being played by children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly by teenagers.

 

Apparently this game has been mentioned on the Romanian News due to the seriousness of the consequences.

 

This obviously sets a worrying trend and the game has already been mentioned at a school in Leeds

Lots of good advise for setting up parental controls on tablets and social media settings here

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Online Safety Page

Online Safety Page

On this page you will find some links and information on how to keep your children safe on line.  We will try to keep this information as up to date as we can so please keep checking for any new information.

Pokemon Go

Online Safety Update 10/2/17

Age Restrictions

The minimum age for most social media networks is 13 years old.  It is important that if your child does have access to these, that you know their passwords and monitor their profiles closely.  This website shows the risks for children and young people: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Gaming

There are lots of exciting games about in the online world, either directly on the internet or on a gaming device.  Most games come with a PEGI rating which states on the cover what content will be shown.  Not only does this show an age rating but gives visual clues to things such as violence and bad language (similar to a DVD rating).  Many of these games allow communication between players, which again should be closely monitored.

 

Tips for ‘Online Safety’

  • Encourage children to be open about their internet use- please talk to your child about what they are playing on.
  • Set boundaries and screen time limits so children are clear on how to best use the internet.
  • Check out the links on the school website for information on social media and gaming.

 

Kids Apps

Unfortunately, there are some people with the wrong intentions using children’s Apps as a way of communicating with children.  Try to keep up to date with any news items about the Apps your child is using.  We know of 2 Apps recently which were used to approach children – “ROBLOX” and “Musicaly”.  “ROBLOX” is an online game and “Musicaly” is used to record videos of Karaoke singing.

As you may be aware the ‘POKÉMON GO’ game has recently been released in the UK. As a result of this a number of concerns have been raised for the safety of individuals pursuing characters within the game.

 

It is possible that during the summer break, young players may have more time and freedom to roam in pursuit of their quest. As a result of this they may not put into practice the messages which we deliver with regards to their personal safety and the safety of others.

 

If at all possible we at Kirklees Division of West Yorkshire Police would request your assistance in putting forward a safety based message to your students prior to school breaking up for the end of term.

 

The app allows people to set up a ‘beacon’ which can then encourage other users to reach a specific venue and we are concerned it could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims. There have already been similar incidents in America.

 

 

Our advice to players would be:

·         Be cautious to alerting strangers to where you will be in the future

·         Be careful where you leave ‘beacons’

·         Parents should supervise children when using the app

·         Always pay attention to your surroundings, especially in built up areas

·         Where possible play with friends and stay in a group

·         Avoid playing near roads and water

·         Play at home -  you can use lures to attract Pokémon to you

·         Keep your device safe and out of sight – your phone will vibrate when a Pokémon is near

 

The makers of the game have said ‘ We encourage all people to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends or family, especially when you are exploring unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times’.

Online Safety Update 15/4/2016

Here is a summary of online risks which have been reported over the last term either by email or using the online reporting form:

 

Talking Angela, Talking Tom and similar apps have been available for some time and children often report problems with them. They all feature online chat with a cartoon character. The characters appeal to young children; Talking Tom is a cuddly looking cat. Children sometimes report the character asking inappropriate questions and saying inappropriate things to them as though they can be seen via the webcam for example, ‘I know you’re wearing a bra, I can see you’. The best advice to parents is to avoid all of these apps and delete them.

 

Gossip pages continue to be a problem. The Instagram group ‘Huddersfield Sluts’ was discovered by a secondary school a few weeks ago and removed. New versions of these keep appearing and often feature reports of underage sexual activity and names of secondary or sixth form pupils.

 

A secondary school has reported students using the Tinder dating app.  The app allows them to see other users in their age range (13-17) by distance from their location. This is only so long as they have been honest about their age – if they claim to be 18 or over, they will also see adult Tinder users. Tinder requires a Facebook account to sign up and is restricted to 17+ on the app store. Age restrictions will only prevent teenagers from installing the app if parental controls are set up on the device. The risks of dating apps are potentially more serious than social networking apps as they are used specifically for setting up sexual encounters. Many dating apps are available, so this is a risk it is important to educate secondary pupils about.

 

I have also recently come across ‘Popjam’, a social networking App specifically aimed at primary school age children. This combines features of Facebook and Twitter, including building a friends list, posting updates and ‘rejamming’ other children’s posts. It encourages children to have as many friends as possible, and in addition to their school friends children are also friending strangers. As with all social networking sites, this puts children at risk of meeting an abuser online. It is possible for parents to view their child’s activity on this App so long as it is used on a family device.

 

Helpful guides for parents can be found by clicking on each of the following names or here for Connect Safely website.

SNAPCHAT 

INSTAGRAM

MINECRAFT 

CYBERBULLYING 

MOBLILEPHONES 

SOCIALMEDIA

Tablets and IPads

How many of your pupils were given a tablet computer for Birthdays or Christmas? How much do parents know about what they can do with it? For example are they using the home wifi without any filtering? Are parents aware that many Games Apps lure children into buying more lives/points etc and that in 15 minutes a child can have spent rather a lot of money? (one grandma found her grandchild had spent £60 in 15 minutes buying extra lives even though she was watching  her at the time.) (You need to know there is a setting on the ipad which gives the option for the iTunes password  to be required for every purchase rather than the default setting of only asking for the password every 15 minutes. )  This can be found by going to setting, restrictions, enable (You will need to make up a put a code in here) change to ask for passwork imediately.

 

Parents online filtering tool for keeping children safe.  “k9 web protection”

Find advice here on how to keep your child safe on line

CEOP have produced two new guides for parents and carers (please see below)  that look at the increasingly popular online sites - Twitter and Ask.fm. These guides will inform families on what the site is all about, if age restrictions are available, how to block a user and how to report an incident directly to the site. We hope you find them useful.

Talking Angela App

There have been reports of the cat character in the App making inappropriate comments to children. There are internet rumours that people can see a man in the eye of the cat character, and that the App is using live webcam to watch people. There is no confirmation of this, and other websites deem the App to be safe and say this is a hoax. I would recommend not using it just to be safe.

Instagram – this is a photo sharing website which allows comments to be posted. Many teachers are reporting problems with children posting offensive comments about each other.

Kick Chat – an online chatroom, many adults use it and some children are using to talk to friends thinking it is a safe space.

 

Fake accounts posing as famous people appealing to children – some children have reported being friends with One Direction members or Stampy Longnose (the Minecraft video maker very popular with children at the moment). Please remind the children when discussing eSafety that they are very unlikely to meet the real person online.

04/01/2015

The following link has advice for parents and carers on keeping children safe on mobile phones, tablets and other devices.

http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse/onlineguides

 

12/9/14

E Safety leaflet to support young people whilst on line, provided by childnet.

5/3/2015

Please consider carefully whether or not to let your children use an App on their phone called OoVoo.  There are some real concerns about how secure this is.  The site also does not let children block people when they have joined a group.  This means if there are bullying or safeguarding issues, they cannot be stopped.  It is also a video chat site so the children can be exposed to things which are inappropriate without much control.  The site is for over 13’s so none of our children should be using it, but we are aware there are children on it.  Please read this article written in Manchester where they are having serious issues with the site.  One of the parents says “I would say to other parents, don’t let your children use Oovoo it is just too dangerous.”  The link to the article is: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/parents-warned-paedophiles-using-oovoo-8751061

1/04/2015

Instagram self-harm content

 

This App is best known as a way of sharing photographs easily with friends. However teachers and parents need to be raising awareness of the concerning imagery which has recently been brought to our attention.  This has included young people posting selfies on Instagram involving self-harm and eating disorders. These are easy to find by doing a hashtag search. Young people from a school in Kirklees have reported an Instagram account mr_happy.3 which contains many self-harm images. The account holder has been sending private messages out asking young people to harm themselves and telling them the sender knows where they live. The national SWGfL eSafety Helpdesk has had reports about this page and they are currently working to block it. It is possible to block individual users on Instagram, however the hashtag search will still work and it is not possible to stop children finding offensive content.

 

Similar content around self-harm is also accessible on the Tumblr blogging website. The majority of offensive content on Social Networking websites cannot be dealt with by police in the UK as it is hosted overseas.

 

Please continue to reinforce the eSafety message with pupils in school, particularly to:

 

•             Block accounts which send offensive messages and report them to an adult and the website owner

•             Save messages of a cyber-bullying nature so that action can be taken if necessary

•             Do not allow strangers to join in webcam conversations

•             There is information on KSCB Website about raising awareness with young people: “Who are you really talking to?’’ http://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/safeguarding_education.html

14/7/2015

Daily Motion

Lots of pop ups and adult content and unsuitable Images, also virus risks to your laptops and computers.