We endeavour to keep parents informed and up-to-date about online safety and issues that arise with a variety of devices. We would like to share the following information and guidance with you.
WhatsApp is the largest global social messaging platform, with over 1.5 billion users per month. National Online Safety (NOS) have produced a guide for parents and carers covering everything you need to know about the platform to help safeguard children from potential online risks including the new age limit (16+), scam messages, connecting with strangers, location sharing and more.
A copy of this guide is available on their website: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1039846184360312833.
FIFA online football game
With over 20 million players in the current season of FIFA, NOS have also created a free guide for parents and carers on the nation’s favourite online football game. Again, it covers what you need to know about the game to help safeguard their children from potential online risks including; online payments, in-game chat, addiction, fake accounts and more.
The link for this is: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/fifaguide-for-parents/
Please be aware that some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers. Some of these are linked to the internet allowing incoming and outgoing calls and texts to be placed at any time during the day. They also have other facilities and APPS such as cameras and recording facilities. These items are very expensive and we strongly recommend children do not bring them to school, just in case they get lost or damaged, or issues arising from them. However, if you do allow your child to wear one, we have made the following recommendations in light of the new GDPR regulations:-
- Smartwatches must be given into the teacher at the beginning of the day in the same way that mobile phones are.
- They will be placed in a safe place and locked away during the day.
- They can be collected at the end of the day and only be used when in the parent waiting area / off the school site.
Safer Internet Day will be held in school on Tuesday 5th February 2019. Further information about Safer Internet use can be found on www.saferinternet.org.uk