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/

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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