Safeguarding and E-safety

At Ladybridge Primary School we work to:

  • provide a safe environment for our children
  • support children and families using early intervention strategies
  •  notice and take appropriate action to help any of our children who are either at risk of, or are suffering, harm or abuse including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.

Our School Commitment to Safeguarding

Details of this commitment can be found in our Safeguarding Policy in our Policies Section.

Staying Safe on the Internet

It is important our children know how to make sure they are safe when they access the internet in school and at home. We share these guidelines with each class so that they learn what to do and what not to do when they use their digital devices such as computers, tablets and mobile phones.

We ask parents and carers to share these guidelines with their children as well. If you would like any advice about how we teach safety, please speak to your child’s class teacher or our Computing subject leader, Mrs Mills (Year 4 teacher).

Think before you do: Staying Safe on the Internet Guidance for Key Stage 1

Think before you do: Staying Safe on the Internet Guidance for Key Stage 2

E-safety does not finish with the end of school. Many children will go home and access the internet on any number of devices from desk top computers to lap tops and notebooks to tablets to mobile phones to games consoles. It can be a bewildering and ever changing world for parents, knowing what children are doing and what apps and software they are using.

We have included a number of guides to different aspects of staying safe which we hope you will find useful.

These first two sites give general information about esafety at home and specific guidance about particular websites, apps, videogames and programmes. If you have a question about what your child might be accessing online, you can seek information and advice from Protect Young Eyes – Defending Kids From Online Danger  (protectyoungeyes.com) and Net Aware : Your guide to the social networks your kids use (part of the NSPCC website)

We have compiled a list of the following sites give specific information about particular internet dangers that you may have questions about.

An excellent resource put together by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) that covers a wide range of online protection issues giving advice and information to parents.

MOMO Challenge

MOMO Online Safety Guide for Parents

Currently there is a lot of media interest in a number of online trends , specifically news outlets are referencing something called the MOMO Challenge. Although a lot of the information about the MOMO Challenge is rather concerning, the number of reported cases of children harming themselves because of the game is understood to  extremely low. The challenge has alleged to have been tentatively tied  to three cases in Asia and South America, but there is nothing that proves that it was a direct key factor in these cases.

The current advice from CEOP is that parents  should work to create a positive relationship with their children around their internet use, closely supervising younger children’s online access, and crucially, ensuring their children feel they can tell them (or another trusted adult) if they ever encounter anything worrying. Parental controls go some way to protecting children from accidentally viewing disturbing content but are unlikely to prevent it in many cases, for example when content  has been deliberately spliced into content aimed at children.

Inappropriate content should be reported direct to the online service it appears on.

Parents may find the following  article useful- https://parentzone.org.uk/article/three-minute-briefing-momo-challenge

How suitable are the video games your children are playing? 

Ladybridge Primary School is committed to keeping children safe and to promoting the safe, responsible use of technology. As such, we feel it is our responsibility to make you aware of the following.

Many children have been discussing video games that they have access to and play at home, including Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Slender Man, Granny and Fortnite. All of these games have a UK age rating of 13 -18+ showing the content of these games is not appropriate for your children.

Sadly, recently many of your children tell us that they are playing these games. Sometimes this is without your knowledge; sometimes they tell us that you are aware of what they are playing. But are you fully aware of what the games involve.

Access, to these and similar “games” whether this be playing them personally or watching adults at home play them can seriously affect your child. Children who have access to such content can develop mental health issues, develop behavioural difficulties, struggle with sleeping and concentration.
We feel it is important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such video games, so you can make informed decisions on how to supervise your child’s access to todays’ technology and prevent them from accessing such content.

For more information about the content and potential danger of these games, we have put together a guide for you.

Parental Controls for iPads, iPhones and iPods  OurPact 

OurPact  is a free parental control app which allows you to control and block the internet and Applications on individual devices in your home, teaching children proper device use and responsibility. The parental control solution gives parents the ability to manage their child’s screen time throughout the day. Parents can enforce bedtime, set dinnertime, manage study time and schedule family time throughout the day. By syncing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPods to OurPact, you can have the power to manage your entire family’s screen time & device use under one platform.

Netflix Parental Controls – how to set them

Many families have signed up for a video on demand online service. But how do you manage what your children watch – or buy? Netflix can be viewed on lots of devices including tablets and games consoles so children could be watching programmes without parents knowing. This handout looks at how to set up effective parental controls on video on demand services online, and how to prevent young people viewing content or spending money services that you don’t want them to.

Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a free social network app popular for viewing and creating short music videos, known as ‘Musical.ly’s’. Children can select a song from thousands available on the app and record themselves singing, lip-syncing (miming) or dancing along to their chosen song.  Videos can be up to one minute long and children are able to edit them using a range of filters. Once recorded, videos can be shared via other social networking apps, such as WhatsApp or Facebook.

Since its launch in 2014, the popularity of Musical.lyhas soared with over 90 million users worldwide. Young people enjoy sharing their talents, gaining followers and fans and getting their content ‘featured’ so it can be seen by millions of users.

The default settings on Musical.ly are set to public. This means that anyone can view a user’s videos, write comments or send them direct messages. Location settings are enabled by default which mean a child’s location could be publicised on the app.

If you would like to find out more about how this app works and how settings can be adjusted, select the link to the Thinkuknow Parents’ and Carers’ guide.

Roblox

ROBLOX is a gaming platform where you can create your own games or play games that other users have made. There is also the option to chat to other players which means that children can be at risk of talking to other users they do not know. For this reason, it is important that parents monitor their child’s use of the platform. This guide will help you identify the possible dangers in allowing access to this game. The developers of Roblox have also published their own parental guidance that you can download here.

Pokemon Go: Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokemon Go

GoPokémon Go is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters). It’s one of the first popular games to use “augmented reality” – a kind of cross between real life and an online world. The game makes it look like Pokémon appear in real life places by using the GPS and camera on your phone. It’s already become a craze in Australia and America, and has made it’s way into the news across the world. This guide will take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.

Guide to Using Social Media

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.

But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems. This guide can help you discuss these issues. Further advice can be found using this link – Tips to Help You Guide Your Children’s Use of Social Media

A Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to Snapchat

Snapchat is a photo and video sharing app with a twist. The media you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed you get to decide how long a photo will “live,” from 1 to 10 seconds, after it’s viewed. There are still potential esafety dangers and this guide will help you find out what they might be and how to deal with them.

A Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to Instagram guide

Instagram is a simple photo and video sharing app with a huge and growing
following, instagram especially among young people. Like everybody,kids use it to capture special moments, but also to carry on conversations in a fun way – using photos, filters, comments, captions, emoticons, hashtags and links elsewhere to talk about things and share interests. There are still potential esafety dangers and this guide will help you find out what they might be and how to deal with them.

ooVoo – a Guide for Parents and Carers

ooVoo is a video chat app. It lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. It allows users to communicate via a group video chat with up to 12 people – a great way to see people that may live far away. Like many other sites and apps, ooVoo is used by both adults and children. This means that children can be directly contacted by an adult they don’t know. Also, activity on services such as ooVoo is often adult in nature. To find out more about how ooVoo works and e-safety guidelines for the app, look at the guide.