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We have had a few reports of e-safety incidents occurring out of school. Having investigated, we have been alarmed to uncover a number of potentially dangerous issues that we felt that you need to be aware of. A number of these issues are rumours, but we felt that if we let you know the sorts of things that might be happening, you could talk to your children and monitor their internet usage.

Things that have been reported include:

 

  • Using social networking sites without making them ‘private’
  • Giving out personal details and lists of friends/likes etc. on sites that are not ‘private’
  • Inviting people that they don’t know to be their ‘friends’
  • Accepting people as ‘friends’ without checking that it really is who they say
  • Allowing strangers to send images
  • Sending their pictures to strangers
  • Sending pictures to people who they think they know without checking that it isn’t a fake account
  • Posting videos and pictures of their own bedrooms on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram
  • Posting images and videos that could identify where they live (eg. Wearing school uniform)
  • Sharing passwords and other children’s details
  • Setting up accounts in other children’s names
  • Setting up accounts in bogus names
  • Sending foul and abusive messages
  • Sending foul and abusive messages purporting to be from another child

 

I am sure that in reading this list, you will share my concerns that some of our pupils may be putting themselves in danger and/or at risk of exploitation. By taking a few simple precautions, it is quite simple to make sure that this isn’t the case; please take the time to take the following actions to keep your children safe:

 

  • Talk your child about these issues and make sure that they know why they may be unsafe
  • Monitor your child’s internet/phone usage. Ideally get them to agree to show you who their friends are and the sort of messages that they pass
  • Ask your child to talk to you if there is anything that concerns them
  • Make sure that they don’t give out personal information or send pictures that could identify them, their homes or their school
  • Make sure that they don’t have ‘bogus’ accounts in other names
  • Make sure that they don’t have public accounts
  • Make sure that they know how to block contacts
  • Use parental controls where available
  • Link children’s accounts to your email address so that you can monitor their usage
  • Don’t allow phone, tablet or computer usage in bedrooms

 

If you have concerns about e-safety, there are links within our school website to sites where you get advice.