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  • Fortnite - Chapter 2 - A Guide for PArents

    Published 17/10/19, by Padraig McKenna

    Please find attached to this post a free guide for parents on Fortnite: Chapter 2.

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  • Parental controls

    Published 20/07/19, by Peter Cresswell

    Parental controls are an important way to keep your child safe online.

    Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. And the good news is parental controls are really easy to set up.

    Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, we can help.

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  • Child safety on TikTok: parent factsheet

    Published 26/06/19, by Peter Cresswell
    Click here for information about keeping your child safe when using TIkTok
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  • A message from our Digital Leaders!

    Published 21/06/19, by Fru Westmorland
    Please take five minutes to read the latest pupil articles written by our EQT digital leaders about staying safe on line. There is a 'Group Chats' article which would particularly encourage you to read with your children.
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  • Stay Safe and Happy Online!

    Published 21/05/19, by Fru Westmorland
    An increasing amount of young children have access to the Internet and to social media, whether it be through online gaming or group chats on phones /ipods. As parents it can be quite daunting not only understanding the technology but also supporting
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  • Vigilance around online media - MOMO CHALLENGE

    Published 27/02/19, by Peter Cresswell

    Vigilance around Online media

    We would like to make you aware of a concern regarding online media. This includes YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram and games such as Fortnite. The concern is to do with a ‘pop up’ called the ‘Momo Challenge’. Some children are very aware of the ‘Momo Challenge’ and it has been the focus of conversation on school playgrounds this week.

    According to reports, the pop-up can occur across a range of media and has happened in the middle of YouTube videos, especially those targeted at children such as ‘Peppa Pig’. The pop-up is an unpleasant and scary caricature of a woman with distorted and bulgy eyes.

    There are a number of concerns relating to this.

    • On its own, the imagery can be disturbing to children causing them to be frightened.
    • The character allegedly suggests the children add a contact on WhatsApp and then bombards them with messages suggesting self-harm and other damaging behaviour. This is obviously a significant safeguarding risk.
    • Whilst this is disturbing, police have suggested that the driving force behind the app is to ‘mine’ information and data which can subsequently be used fraudulently.

    Please see these links below for further information:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47359623

    https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/

    There is plenty of additional information relating to this particular issue should parents carry out a search for it.

    As always, we would encourage parents to ensure they continue to be highly vigilant regarding all the online activity their children are engaged in.

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  • Child safety on TikTok: parent factsheet

    Published 05/02/19, by Peter Cresswell

    See below for more information

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  • In-game chat: How to keep children safe

    Published 24/01/19, by Peter Cresswell

    Video games are among the most — if not THE most — popular entertainment medium for young people, and children are graduating to online gaming at ever earlier ages. With voice chat, online games like Fortnite and FIFA are evolving into social spaces where children meet with their friends — and make new ones.

    It can be great fun - but it's important that parents are aware how to manage the associated risks. Have a read of our latest advice for parents on how to keep their children safe when using in-game chat functions.

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  • Digital Parenting

    Published 10/01/19, by Peter Cresswell

    Click below to read more about digital parenting....

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