Wednesday, 12 July 2017

E-Safety Adviser

Here is a link to a YouTube channel run by Alan McKenzie, the E-Safety Adviser. 

Lots of informative videos!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

SnapChat Map

Anyone using Snapchat needs to be really careful with a new feature called Snap Maps. When you go through the new version you are given choices to allow you "find your friends" but what you're really doing is giving permission to let people see where you are every time you open the app.

This could be dangerous in so many ways!

If you use the app, and have activated this, the way to avoid giving away your location is to go into “Ghost Mode” by tapping the settings gear in the top right of the screen while viewing the Map, and choosing Ghost Mode from there.

There are many risks to using apps like Snapchat anyway - but this is particularly worrying - if you know anyone in your family uses the app it might be worth letting them know.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Do you know everything about the social networks your child might already be using?

Here is a really useful website to help adults keep track of the important information we need about Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp and more, so that we can help our children Stay Safe Online:

Friday, 10 February 2017

Lego launches 'safe' social network for under-13s

This is an interesting idea - children are using Instagram already even though they need to be THIRTEEN to sign up, like most social networks.  Lego have created a child-friendly Lego-themed Instagram, called LEGO LIFE.  Click here to find out more.

Revealed: The Secret life of six-year-olds online

Sinister meanings lurk behind children’s emojis

This is an excellent article from The Times on the importance of parents making an effort to keep up...

If you are a parent with young or teenage children, a quick glance at their phones will convince you that their generation does in fact speak a different language.

When you turn your eyes away you can be sure your offspring have a code for that, 99, which means “parent stopped watching”, the numbers signifying averted eyes.

A survey of 4,500 parents showed their ignorance of text-speak and 85 per cent of adults are apparently unable to decipher emojis, acronyms and codes.

Many are playful — a monkey with paws over its mouth means “I won’t tell anyone” — but some could cause concern. The emoji with cross eyes, which parents believed means tired, is used when children have seen something x-rated. KMS, which 65 per cent of parents thought stood for “keep my secret”, means “kill myself”. Only 8 per cent knew GNOC meant “get naked on camera” and ASL stood for “age, sex, location”.

More than half of the adults in the BT survey knew that “182” meant “I hate you” and WTTP stood for “want to trade pictures?”

BT’s survey was part of Safer Internet Day. Carolyn Bunting of Internet Matters, a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, said it was unrealistic for parents to understand all web slang but they needed to talk to their children.

Friday, 6 January 2017

What can you do with a smartphone?

Smartphones are an amazing addition to anyone's world.  With one, all answers are one search away.  Friends can keep in touch, and parents can be assured that they can keep in contact.

But they're also capable of changing lives for the worse.

A smartphone - or any device capable of taking a picture and accessing the internet - poses a risk to anyone using it.  

Imagine this: you take a selfie, then upload it to your social media account, or another website.  As soon as that happens, you are no longer in control of who can see your picture, or who can copy and paste it onto their own device.  The same is true if you text the picture to someone else's phone.  They could send it on to anyone - people you don't know who could then do whatever they want with your picture.

Now imagine taking a picture of your friend and doing the same thing.  Do you have their permission to share their picture with ANYONE IN THE WORLD?

Be careful how you use smartphones, and especially what you do with your pictures.