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E Safety

E Safety is a top priority for our school with policies and systems in place to support you and your child so that all children and young people are protected when on-line.

 

As a parent you need to feel reassured that your child  -

  • has a good understanding what safe means in any context to do with technology, and
  • is empowered with the knowledge to be safe when they go on-line.

 

The many links below will support parents and children in becoming safe aware on-line!

 

 

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Sarahah

We have been alerted to an incident of grooming, in an app called Sarahah.

This is an anonymous feedback app, which is being used to bully people online. It is also used to befriend and potentially groom unwitting users.

Sarahah syncs with Snapchat and other forms of social media. Users collect personal information from other online accounts and use this to help convince the recipient they know them, sharing names and specific locations.

This is a high-risk app that enables inappropriate contact with people online. It is difficult to manage and monitor. Advice we have received is to avoid this app altogether.

Reducing the risk -

· Remove the app if it is already installed.

· Avoid linking the app with other social media accounts.

· Check online friend lists.

· Avoid sharing personal information on any social media account.

· Be aware of who can and cannot view your content.

· If your child has been using this app, always encourage children to talk to a trusted adult.

 

Blue Whale

We have been made aware of an unsuitable on-line game called ‘Blue Whale’.

We would like to inform parents that this game is not suitable for children.  This game includes dangerous tasks that need to be completed. 

 Please be vigilant and discuss your child’s safe internet use with them regularly. 

 

Roblox - this is  an App game for i-pads, phones etc. It is being played by young children and is very popular but we believe there is a significant issue with the chat facility in the game. Please be aware that there is a message facility on the game where adults (strangers) can message children. 

We would urge you to delete the app from your children's devices and prevent them from accessing it online. Alternatively, please supervise the use of the game closely.

 

 

Dumbsmash - this is a video messaging app where people can upload themselves singing over famous songs and then choose to share via WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or via a text message.  

It is not intended for children under 18 years of age, and you must be at least 13 years of age AND  have parental permission to use it.

In addition, there is a 'question and answer' site about the app, which talks about Dumbsmash 2

Dumbsmash 2 has nothing to do with the Dumbsmash App. It is a malware app that 'hides' itself on phones and then pushes users to sites that are wholly inappropriate and potentially illegal.  

As soon as it is set up, the icon deletes itself and runs the App, in the background, without the users' knowledge. BEWARE!

 

Live.me app - This is an app where you can connect and share via live video.  The concerns related to it are due to sharing content in real time with strangers and the ability to share these on social media.  Please remind children of the dangers of communicating with strangers and issues relating to taking video and sharing.

 

Omegle Site - Parents please exercise caution in allowing unsupervised access of this site!

 

 

 

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