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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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  • Digital PArenting MAgazine

    Published 14/12/18, by Padraig McKenna
    We have sent home a copy of Digital Parenting with children in our Y3-6 classes. These (free) magazines are produced by the Vodafone Foundation and are intended to help parents understand how their children are communicating electronically and wha
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  • Be Internet Legends!

    Published 20/11/18, by Peter Cresswell

    On Friday 23rd of November, our older children will have a  special assembly about the concept of being Internet Legends!

    The whole of Keystage 2 will be participating in this assembly so we will keep you posted about what we find out - in the meantime, take a look at this video for an introduction from the Be Internet Legends team.

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  • What my parents don't know about safeguarding is....

    Published 13/10/18, by Peter Cresswell

    The statements below, about the use of social media, were compiled anonymously by the children of Year 5 & 6 at a local Primary School. They make for interesting reading...

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  • Stranger Danger

    Published 19/09/18, by Peter Cresswell

    One of our local schools has received reports from two parents about a white Audi following a secondary aged pupil home from school. The Police are aware.  We don't wish to alarm you, but it is important to let you know so that you can remind your children about 'Stranger Danger'. We often remind the children in school about it. Please click on this link and scroll down for more information:

    http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/

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