Helping your child stay safe from cybercrime

“Lisa Hardstaff, credit information expert with Equifax(link is external), offers advice on how parents can teach their children about looking after their personal information online.

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are now just part of everyday life for most children and teens, putting a wealth of information and entertainment at their fingertips. But the hard part for parents is making sure their kids are safe online, especially as today’s tech savvy youngsters can sometimes leave mum and dad feeling out of their depth.

Full Article:

(From Parent Info)

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Safer Internet Day 2017 – The Power of Images








Safer Internet Day (SID) is on Tuesday 7th February 2017

The theme for this year is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

The focus is The Power of Images

Please go to following site for more information:

SmartieKey Stage 1
Children looked at what to do if they found scary images or videos on the internet by following a story about Smartie Penguin.

There are lots of different types of pictures or videos online, and lots of ways to look at them.
We looked at what sites they would use to watch their favourite show online, or to search for photos
of their favourite band or singer.

Mrs Sadler introduced the children to Smartie. Smartie is just like all of us, he
loves going online, and playing games and looking for pictures. Sometimes, Smartie is not
always sure what to do if something happens online that worries or upsets him. We read the story  to help Smartie make some good choices online?

Key Stage 2







Children explored how photos shared online can potentially stay there forever and may reach a wider audience than they intended. They will consider how photos create an impression of their character and personality (online reputation) and will use this knowledge to develop a strategy to help them decide if a photo/image is okay to share online or not. These included images Mrs Sadler brought in an old photo album of herself and images children have shared online.

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Video Chat APP Warnings – and

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These APPS are rated Age 13+ but are rated Age 16/17+ by Common Sense Media

We need to warn parents about video chat phone app, after a man performs sexual act in front of primary school pupils in Leeds.

A notice to parents explained: “While the app is only supposed to access contacts on the user’s phone, it appears that quite quickly, friends of friends of friends are able to join the group chat whom your child does not know at all. “It is therefore an unsafe app for children to use, as it risks either an incident such as happened yesterday, or opportunities for your child to be groomed online and therefore at risk of sexual exploitation.” 

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Warnings about from Common Sense Media

“As with all live-streaming services, this one carries all the risks of broadcasting and viewing iffy content, and its one nod to safety is to warn its users not to give out personal information as each stream opens. It’s an app entering a crowded market, but it seems to have legs because of its affiliation with As with all the others, kids much younger than 13 broadcast regularly, and most streams feature bored kids in their homes either on their phones, eating, goofing around with friends, or just responding to comments. During the time of review, no one was showcasing a talent or doing more than minimally interacting with viewers, though one had kids responding to dares posed by commenters. Yet, each stream seemed to have a substantial audience from 60 to 300 people. The main draw seems to be the immediate connection, real-time feedback, and followers/likes. Kids also give out their Snapchat handles and phone numbers to viewers, so strangers often get another means to connect with the broadcaster. Though the streams themselves seem mostly innocuous, live streaming poses real risks for kids in terms of privacy and safety, and it’s also a way to connect with people whom some families might not want connecting with their kids.” (Taken from Common Sense Media)

Remember, whatever you post online can NEVER be fully removed!

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Children in England sign over digital rights ‘regularly and unknowingly’


Online Safety Notice to Parents

Children in England sign over digital rights ‘regularly and unknowingly’ Please take time to read the following article about children regularly signing over rights to their personal information, private messages and photographs on social media sites. Please remember these sites are for ages 13+ according to their terms and conditions.

“Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data, without any accountability, according to the commissioner’s Growing Up Digital taskforce.” (Guardian) 

“The year-long study found children regularly signed up to terms including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications.”

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Please note that it is important that we work as a partnership to keep our children safe online. Children are taught about the potential risks they face when using social media sites but monitoring and communication at home is an essential part of this process.

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CEOP – Think U Know New Films (8-10 year olds)



Think U Know from The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have produced a new three part animation for 8-10 year olds. The films help them to learn how to “spot pressuring and manipulative behaviour online and to stay safe from other risks they might encounter online.” (CEOP)

“Play Like Share follows the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely.

The aim of the films is to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online. In particular, the films teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.”

The links for further information and to the CEOP You Tube Channel where the three films can be accessed are below. Please take a look at these films to support your child at home. Keeping your child safe online is a partnership between school and home.

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Internet Matters – Parent Controls Interactive Advice

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An interactive tool to help you set up parental controls across all the devices your children use.




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Anti-Bullying Week / Cyberbullying – 14th November

netsmartz-logo-888x502Help protect children from bullying
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Bullying is often seen as an unfortunate, but natural part of adolescence. However, pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper warns, “Cyberbullying can affect the social, emotional, and physical health of a child.”For these reasons, it is important that parents and guardians take steps to help their child deal with and respond to cyberbullying.

  • Tell your child not to respond to rude e-mails, messages, and comments.
  • Save the evidence, such as e-mail and text messages, and take screenshots of comments and images. Also, take note of the date and time when the harassment occurs.
  • Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) or cell phone provider. Ask the website administrator or ISP to remove any Web page created to hurt your child.
  • If harassment is via e-mail, social networking sites, IM, and chat rooms, instruct your child to “block” bullies or delete your child’s current account and open a new one.
  • If harrassment is via text and phone messages, change the phone number and instruct your child to only share the new number with trustworthy people. Also, check out phone features that may allow the number to be blocked.
  • Make a report to, and if you feel something illegal has occurred, inform law enforcement.
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Instagram Guide – Internet Guide 2


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Snapchat Guide – Internet Guide 3

Snapchat safety guide by


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Updated Smart Crew Films (7 to 11 years) – By Childnet

smart-crewChildren at Year 2/3 watch these Smart Crew films. The films help give advice on how to stay SMART online

The Adventures of Captain Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew are a series of films created by Childnet to guide KS2 children through key online safety rules. The films include a real life SMART Crew of children, which has been recently updated.

The “Adventures of Captain Kara” film is broken down into 5 sections, each covering a different online safety issue. These are also our SMART rules at school:


S = Safe

M = Meeting

A = Accepting

R = Reliable

T = Tell


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