Let’s keep our children safe online

February 10th, 2017

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board is active in promoting E-Safety. Recently it has been brought to their attention that there has been E-Safety incidents involving primary age children from North Yorkshire and neighbouring authorities. Whilst incidents did not take place during school time they have brought this matter to my attention so that I may raise awareness with our staff and parents.

The incidents have highlighted a number of safeguarding issues raised recently about apps on mobile devices including Live.ly, ooVoo, and music.ly amongst others. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phones, but it appears that unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.

The advice for parents is to ensure that their children do not have access to such apps on their phones and to check that all appropriate privacy settings are switched on, to make sure that children are protected when using any internet site. If a child experiences or expresses concerns about online activity, it should be reported to the police using 101 and/or https://ceop.police.uk/ceopreporting/

Wherever possible, a screen shot or a mobile phone picture of the concern should be taken for reporting purposes.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your children safe online, come along to our E-Safety parents’ information evening on 22nd March – more information will be coming home soon!

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