Staying Safe Online
Throughout the school the children at Mesne Lea have been working on several different projects relating to online safety, such as;
- Staying Safe online posters
- Staying Safe online booklets
- Staying Safe online powerpoint presentations
- Staying Safe online Kahoot Quiz
- Staying Safe online Scratch Quiz
- Cyber Bullying IMovie
- Online safety Songs and poems
Year 6 created some powerpoint presentations to help inform us how to keep safe online. Take a look at some of them below.
Mesne Lea Online Safety Team
This term we are developing an 'Online Safety Team' at Mesne Lea to help promote Online Safety throughout the school through a variety of media and events.
Meet the team:
Our Online Team members are:
Chloe, Sophia, Jacob, Will - Year 2 Blue
Austin,Daniel, Lily, Ava - Year 2 Yellow
Jake, Lonique, Thomas, Jaya - Year 5
As a parent/carer it is important to ensure our children are protected from seeing or doing things online that are unsuitable for them or inappropriate for their age. Only by learning what our children do and see in digital spaces can we truly begin to understand the risks online worlds present. Following are some tips on how to help keep your child safe online.
- Try and control what kids find online through search engines.
- Manage your child's playtime and take charge of what your kids can access.
- Use parental controls across all of the devices that your children have access to.
- Do not leave account details, credit card details and passwords available for children to access easily.
- Make social networking safer - review privacy settings for your piece of mind.
- Discuss stranger danger, cyber bullying and teach your child how to keeping their personal information safe.
- Report online concerns and educate one another on how to report anything abusive, inappropriate or illegal online.
- Talk to one another about all of the above and develop a family IT policy.
Please take a look at the attached document regarding Common Facebook Issues. This document contains lots of useful links to support you with issues relating to Facebook.
Top 10 tips to Stay Safe Online:
1. Keep your personal information safe. Do not share your address or telephone number with everyone online.
2. Keep your passwords safe.
3. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself or others. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
4. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
5. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
7. If you see something that upsets you, makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately and report it/block it online.
8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
10. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
Social Media Platforms
Following this weeks internet safety lessons it has come to our attention that some children are accessing Snapchat and Instagram.
Snapchat and Instagram are social media platforms that should be used by people 13 and over. We are aware that some pupils have accounts so this is worth sharing for you to discuss the safety implications and to ensure you make yourself aware of what your children are accessing:
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at school to discuss.
Another week, another app raising a safeguarding concern.
Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:
- Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
- My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
- Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Well worth a read!
Please take a look at these links for more information on how to Keep Safe Online.
Social Media Translation Tool
This is not supposed to terrify you or your children, but it is important that you familiarise yourself with online safety. One of the main areas of confusion is around the language teens use to communicate online. While most of their conversations are about the same things many teens discuss (like friends, drama and crushes), there are some phrases you might spot which are cause for concern. Have a look at the link below.
Internet Safety Workshop - Tuesday 26th April
Please take a look at some of the photos from the Internet Safety Workshop within the photo gallery.
The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their knowledge and their work on how to keep themselves safe online with their parents, grandparents and carers.
Thank you to everyone that attended the event.
Advice from the GMP regarding an online chat room, Omegle
GMP have made us aware of an issue involving children using the website Omegle.com or Omegle States (USA). It is an online chat room which needs no registration process whatsoever, and is often linked with other ‘copycat’ sites involving significant adult content. The site matches you with a stranger, and you simply click and go to start chatting, and this includes video chat. Please see attached information sheet with more detail, which highlights the risk of how easy it is for children to become vulnerable.
We would like to make you aware of the dangers of Omegle.com site, Omegle UK site , and various associated apps such as ‘Chat for Omegle’, ‘Free Omegle Chat’, ‘Omeglers’, so you can hopefully prevent your child from accessing them.
If you have any concerns regarding this site please contact the school.
Tuesday 7th February 2017 Safer Internet Day
This week EYFS, KS1 and KS2 have been learning how we can keep ourselves safe online whilst playing fun games and other apps and to be aware of the dangers.
EYFS have been learning all about the adventures of Smartie the Penguin and what to do when something you see online upsets you.
Key Stage 1 have had several assemblies on the power of an image and the SMART rules. They met the SMART crew on their pirate ship.
Key Stage 2 have been learning all about the power of an image. Discussing how much information you can give away in a photo and to remember what is appropriate to share with others. The children were then asked to design their own Emoji and write a powerful message to Be the change: unite for a better internet.
Internet Safety Week 5th February 2018
We’re celebrating Safer Internet Day on the 6th February 2018 all week. Find out more about how you can get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk #SID2018
Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” and it provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives.