Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users’ locations amid fears it could be used for stalking.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the UK’s national centre dedicated to protecting children from harm both online and offline. CEOP’s Thinkuknow education initiative aims to empower children and young people to enjoy online technologies safely. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ for advice. You can report directly to CEOP by clicking on the Click CEOP button above.
Online Safety, what is it?
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Do you ever feel that your children know more about online technologies than you do?
You’re not alone. The Internet and online technologies are an important part of children’s lives at home and school, providing great opportunities for learning, communicating, playing and creating. As we know, these technologies create huge opportunities for us all; however, they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, and present challenges to keeping your family safe online.
It is just as important to be involved in your children’s’ life online, than it is offline. Just as you would ask about their friends at school or the clubs they go to, you should use this approach with the people they meet online – ask the same questions and show the same interest.
You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube which is why we are sharing this factsheet with our parents so that you are aware of how to keep your child safe at home.
Bedfordshire against CSE
Parents across Bedfordshire are being urged to wise up about online safety as part of a new campaign which aims to protect children from online grooming.
The campaign offers parents information on how to keep their child safe on the web, as well as advising them of the signs of online sexual exploitation and where they can turn to with concerns.
Parents are being encouraged to have a conversation with their children about the internet, to make sure that they’re aware of the dangers of sharing information with strangers and taking compromising images.
Snapchat be aware of changes to this App
Get Safe Online have prepared some simple checklists to help you keep your kids safe online according to their age group. Click on the link with your child’s age to find out more:
Fortnite Battle Royal
No doubt many of the young people you work with are playing, watching and being generally obsessed with it. But how much do you know about Fortnite Battle Royal – the free online multiplayer game?
Parent Zone has created a guide to everything you need to know, from how to play it, to suitable age ranges and potential risks.
Nintendo released a mobile app called Pokemon Go on iOS and Android. The game integrates augmented reality and makes users travel around their local (and sometimes, not-so-local) area to catch small, pocketable monsters. Since its release, Pokemon Go has been a huge hit.
Please read these guides by Online safety specialists on how to use Pokemon Go safely.
Parents help guides and information
My child is under 13, should they have a Facebook account?
Facebook have separate security settings in place for younger users.
Guides to Sites, Apps and games which are popular with children. For example; Musical.ly, Instagram, Snapchat and FaceTime.
Vodaphone have an online magazine called Digital Parenting, take a look
And Carphone Warehouse have a guide to mobile phone safety.
Online safety Factsheet for Parents
Parents, protect your home computers.
Download excellent free software to protect your home computers from here
Watch this video for ideas on making a good password.
Here is a list of acronyms/Text talk used by children to keep parents in the dark
Here is a youtube video from Talktalk about scammers and how to spot the signs.
KidRex and Kiddle.co are the search engines used at Lancot School.
To help raise awareness, children’s charity NSPCC have launched an online safety campaign called Share Aware. Aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12, the campaign encourages parents to make sure they are well-informed about online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
Bedfordshire Police has pledged support for the campaign as part of our commitment to protecting children and young people. We’re already spreading the word about online safety with regular visits to local schools and youth clubs by e-Safety trained officers and PCSOs.
We believe parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. But we know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use.
To find out more about the campaign visit www.NSPCC.co.uk/ShareAware