YOUTUBE AND TIKTOK – ONLINE HOAXES AND CHALLENGES
Recently there has been an increase in the number of online hoaxes and challenges appearing on social media including Youtube and Tiktok.
Below is some information/guidance relating to these reports:
GAME DOWNLOADS: REC ROOM
If your child/ren have games downloaded onto their mobile device, it is always ideal for a parent/carer to research the game/s to ensure that the content is age appropriate, and whether supervision may be an appropriate action whilst using specific games.
Informing a child that a game they wish to download is not age appropriate for them can be difficult but it is important to explain in a child friendly way that communication with people we don’t know online is risky and that parents need to be aware of what their child/ren are gaining access to online. Parental Settings can also be used to ensure unsuitable material cannot be downloaded.
REC ROOM is a game that some pupils may be gaining access to, and it is important that parents/carers familiarise themselves with the content of the game.
The following guides provide more information regarding this game for parents/carers to read through and make an informed choice if they feel it an appropriate game for their child to have access to:
E-Safety Help for Parents & Carers
At Phoenix Academy we teach our children the importance of staying safe in today’s online world.
In the academy, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also teach lessons on e-safety, to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
To support our community in keeping Phoenix children safe here are some links to useful sites and links to offer guidance and support.
IF YOU NEED HELP
Please remember it is possible to report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP following the CEOP link on their home page.
Grooming or other illegal behaviour:
If you want to report someone who is behaving suspiciously online towards a child, you should in an emergency contact the emergency services by calling 999, or otherwise make a report to CEOP, the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, see www.ceop.gov.uk.
Child sexual abuse images:
If you stumble across criminal content online, you should report this to the Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk/report. Criminal content in the UK includes child sexual abuse images, criminally obscene adult content as well as non-photographic child sexual abuse images.
You can report terrorism related content to the police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.
Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender should be reported to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation as a whole family about how the internet should be used safely and responsibly when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house.
To support parents in creating a family agreement Childnet International have put together some free advice and a helpful family agreement template for families to use as a starting point.
Please find below two documents to help you create your own family agreement.
Useful e-safety links.
An online safety story for 3-7 year olds. http://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin
If you would like a leaflet to help please click here