E Safety

General safety tips on how to keep Children safe online.

MOMO guide for parents

Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently YouTube Kids.

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# Safety Tip 1

Ask your child to show you their favourite things to do online and show an interest in what they do.

Talk to your child about the sites they visit, the friends they have, how they communicate with these friends and the information they share.

#Safety Tip 2

Set rules and boundaries. This will depend on your child’s age but you may wish to consider the amount of time they spend online, when they can go online, websites they can visit, the friends they have, the sharing of images and videos and how to treat people online. Not to post anything online that you wouldn’t say face to face. You may also wish to consider using computers and devices in shared family rooms and not allowing their use at bed time.

#Safety Tip 3

Online games, movies and social network sites often have minimum age restrictions. Age limits are there to keep children safe. You shouldn't feel pressurised into letting your child sign up to websites that you feel they are too young for or are against age restrictions.

# Safety Tip 4

Set parental controls on devices to filter, restrict and monitor content. Ensure the device has good anti-virus software. Internet service providers provide controls to help filter and restrict content. Laptops , phones, tablets, games consoles and other devices that connect to the internet have settings to activate parental controls. All children's passwords should be shared with their parents.

# Safety Tip 5

Check Privacy settings of online accounts. Make sure they are set at the highest level i.e.. Facebook, Instagram etc.

# Safety Tip 6

Talk to your child about what to do if they see inappropriate content or are contacted by someone that worries them, OR if they know this is happening to a friend. Advise your children to tell someone that they trust, for example a parent, carer, relative or a teacher. Stress to them that they will not be in trouble.

General Information:

  • CEOP estimate that there are 20,000 people on line at any one time looking to talk to children
  • Many parents have no idea what their children’s passwords are for their devices, this effectively means that parents have no way of checking who they are talking to, what they are accessing or that they are safe online.
  • Lots of young people are online late at night without their parents knowledge.
  • Any social media App or Game that has the facility to message, chat or share images with others (including strangers) is potentially dangerous for children. Extra vigilance and supervision is required.
  • Some games allow for single player use only which you may be a safer option for children i.e. Minecraft
  • Predators strike up conversations with children on social media platforms and then suggest that the chat moves to a different App to allow for more private 1 to 1 conversations. (i.e. KIK)
  • Most popular Games and Apps that children are accessing together with recommended age restrictions OMEGLE (13), KIK (13), MUSICAL.LY (13), SNAPCHAT (13), ASK FM (13), ROBLOX (7), FORTNITE (12), YUBO (13), FACEBOOK (13), INSTAGRAM (13), and TIK TOK (13)
  • Often PEGI age ratings do not take into consideration the chat feature (which is what effectively makes the game or app potentially dangerous)
  • ASK FM has been associated with 9 child suicides in 1 ½ years
  • YUBO is in essence a dating App, formerly called YELLOW
  • An Increased number of reports have been seen across the country as a result of children being groomed on games such as Fifa and Minecraft
  • Many children in Primary schools are on games that have an age 18 restriction ie Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto
  • A 12 year old boy said that he wanted the game ‘ Grand Theft Auto’ as he liked Raping people, another 7 year old boy wrote his Christmas list for ‘Grand Theft Auto’ adding because he liked driving fast cars, not for the hookers.

For further advice regarding Social Media Apps, and Games please visit ITSNOTOKAY, or THINKUKNOW, or NSPCC NetAware.

You can download the NSPCC NetAware App that provides an instant overview of all the most popular Apps and lists the dangers associated with each. It also has a useful news update page that highlights current issues and risks.

Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet

Please take the time to look at these clips which give a very important message about E Safety;

'Where's Klaus?' and
'Beware of the Cyber Playground'

Keeping under fives safe online (ChildNet)

Ofcom research in 2016 showed that almost 40% of 3-4 year olds and two thirds of 5-7 year olds go online. We know that children need support in these environments, to get the best out of using the internet, and there are real advantages in making sure that children are supported in their internet use right from the start. ChildNet has prepared a guide for the parents of under-7s to help them think about the issues involved.

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Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here:

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Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)

Parents can contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002

Online Safety Guidance for Parents

Click here to download our PDF guide.

Online Safety - Share Aware Overview

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To kids, online life is real life. And, just like in real life, kids need help to stay safe online.

Share Aware is an NSPCC and O2 campaign to help parents have regular and informed conversations with their child about online safety. We're aiming to get every family in the UK chatting about their kids' online world, just like they would about their day at school.

We tell children that’s it’s good to share, but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Through our straight-forward, step-by-step advice and Icebreaker email series, we’ll show parents how to untangle the web and teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when parents aren’t there.

  • Our new TV ad – Safety advice from a 10 year old.
  • Icebreakers email series – We’ve teamed up with O2 to create a bespoke email series full of tips and information on different issues eg cyberbullying and inappropriate content, with activities parents can complete with their child.
  • Mumsnet partnership – Join our Twitter Q&A at 12.30pm on 16th May using #ShareAware, alongside a Mumsnet Facebook live.
  • Family agreements – We have created a downloadable family agreements document for families to complete and fill in together.
  • Share Aware homepage - Read our step-by-step guide to being Share Aware and our TEAM (Talk, Explore, Manage, Agree) framework on how to stay safe online in four simple steps.
  • Net Aware - Our guide to the most popular social networks sites, apps and games that children use. New sites site such as Pokemon Go have been added this year, along with a breaking news page and top tips from O2 Gurus on blocking, private account settings or in-app purchases. The new Net Aware can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
  • Teaching resource – Download Share Aware teaching resources for use in the classroom.
  • Specialised advice - Advisors at our O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline – 0808 800 5002 – are here to help with any questions, or anyone can make an appointment with a Guru in store.

Parents were invited to a workshop in school about e-safety and keeping children safe when using the internet and social media. This workshop was organised through the Wigan Safeguarding children’s board and covered issues such as underage use of Facebook, and the potential consequences, appropriate use of gaming, and the use of snap chat and instagram.

It is important we equip our children and young people to be able to keep themselves safe, but at the same time we understand that we need to give parents some level of knowledge. Therefore we have attached a number of information leaflets for parents passed onto us through the Wigan Safeguarding children’s board. We are sure that you will find them informative and useful.

Advice for Parents and Carers on cyber bullying

Advice for Parents cyber bullying [pdf] 0.2mb
Parenting in a digital world - Purple Mash[pdf] 1.7mb Top tips for PlayStation [pdf] 0.3mb Top tips for iPhone [pdf] 0.2mb Top tips for Nintendo [pdf] 0.2mb Top tips for Xbox 360 [pdf] 0.2mb Facebook Privacy Settings [pdf] 0.9mb Parents guide to Instagram [pdf] 0.3mb Parents guide to Snap Chat [pdf] 0.5mb YouTube Safety Mode [pdf] 0.4mb