At Newlands Primary School we take all aspects of pupil's safety as priority. Whilst the Internet is a fantastic resource for learning, entertainment and communication, it does have the potential to pose a risk. At school we teach the children about how to keep safe online, we participate in the Safer Internet Day initiative and we have worked with other schools in the Redbridge and Lordshill Federation to produce and promote the Lock it, Block it, Show it, Tell it initiative.
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
A few potentially dangerous or unhelpful apps to be aware of.
Blue Whale – This an online game that can be downloaded as an app. The game encourages young people to perform a series of tasks that increase in severity over a 50 day period with the game culminating in the young person being encouraged to take their own life. The app has been linked to a number of teenage deaths in Russia and there are fears that there is an awareness of it growing in this country.
Pickle – This is mobile app that allows users to find and post any job or task they need doing and lets potential ‘fixers’ accept these jobs, negotiate a price, and receive payment through the app. It is understood that the platform is being used by people to offer money for others to perform dares that can often be dangerous in nature, film them and send to the anonymous poster.
Yellow – This app has been described as Tinder for teenagers. It has become incredibly popular amongst younger people and has been criticised for its lack of age verification processes making anyone using it vulnerable to grooming from adults.
Sayat.Me – This site allows young people to post anonymous feedback on their friends and family in order, it claims, to understand how others perceive you. However, the potential exploitation of vulnerable young people is clear.
Parent Meeting - Keeping your child safe online
On Friday the 12th May 2017 there was a meeting about ways to keep children safe online.
Please click here to links for the presentation and resources shared at this meeting.
Talking with your child about keeping safe online. Practical tips and advice.
Support your child setting user profiles that are safe.