Online Safety Training for Parents

At St Johns C of E Primary School we consider the protection and safeguarding of children to be of the highest priority. With the expansion of social media websites and younger children having access to mobile phones and tablets, it is essential that all members of our community are aware of the need to use caution and act responsibly when using technology.

During the summer term we emailed parents about an online course run by the National Online Safety. We would now like to give you the opportunity to do the course with other parents during the school day.

You are invited to attend one or two of the interactive Online Safety workshops we will be hosting after half term on Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:15pm.

• Wednesday 30th October
• Wednesday 6th November
• Wednesday 13th November
• Wednesday 20th November

The workshop will cover:

  • Information about online dangers and the newest platforms
  • What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

If you are unable to attend the workshops in school, I would strongly advise you to take the course at your own convenience.

Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account if you are doing the course at home. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/Stjohnsprimary

If you have any questions, or trouble accessing the course please contact support@nationalonlinesafety.com.

Are you a ‘sharent’?

Five Thinkuknow articless to help you engaged with your child’s online activities over the summer holidays. Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. The article on the link below helps you to protect your child while staying social.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Sharing-pictures-of-your-children/

Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/

Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/

Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/live-streaming-responding-to-the-risks/

Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Parental-controls/

National Online Safety

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet.

We are therefore delighted to announce that St Johns C of E Primary School have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online and have worked with National Online Safety to deliver an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers.

The course can be taken at your own convenience and covers:

  •  Information about online dangers and the newest platforms
  • What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/Stjohnsprimary

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet.

TikTok App formerly known as Musical.ly

“More than one third of children aged 6-17 consider ‘social media stars’ to be among their top role models. ”

TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017. If your child had previously had a Musical.ly account, all of their videos and personal settings will have automatically been moved to TikTok.

What is TikTok?
Tik Tok is rapidly becoming the most downloaded app.

TikTok is an app, with a minimum user age of 13, which offers the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add special effects to them, to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or the entire world.

There are only two privacy settings on the app:

  • Private: only the creator can watch his/her videos.
  • Public: anyone on the app can see his/her videos

By default, all accounts are public unless the privacy settings are changed. Children inevitably want to get a following, and want to get likes on a video so are less likely to make their settings private.

What Parents Need to know
Download a parent guide provide by nationalonlinesafety.com

MoMo ‘game’ alert

It has been brought to our attention that there is an online craze, known as “Momo Challenge.”

This “game” has been linked to a number of suicides and is naturally spreading concern amongst parents/carers and professionals. This issue was raised at the parent forum today. Currently, this is not an issue at St John’s but we feel it is important that parents/carers are aware and our children are kept safe.

We have consulted professionals who have informed us that this is not a major concern and there have been no reports of deaths linked to this “game” in England. At this stage the trend is going viral around the world (but is not yet an issue here) and those in close contact with young adults and children should be aware of this issue in case any issues arise in the future.
We must clarify that the Momo Challenge is not connected with the MOMO app which helps young people communicate.

The Momo Challenge is on WhatsApp and Facebook. According to the terms and conditions of these social media providers, the permitted minimum age for use is 13 (WhatsApp has a permitted minimum age of 16).

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