Important letter from Mr Jameson!
I am writing to you on the advice of the Police about an app named MUSICAL.LY which I am aware a number of children will have access to.
Whilst this app is totally innocent and a creative app for children to use, it does have the facility to connect to other people throughout the world. We have today been advised that a girl of 9 years of age from Salford has been contacted by a man using this app and a process of grooming had started. Fortunately the parents were vigilant in checking the phone and have been able to report the matter to the police.
We regularly remind children never to communicate with anyone online that they do not know personally and will be repeating this message again this week.
Could I ask you to also reiterate this advice strongly with your child.
Electronic devices - such as phones, games consoles and computers give rise to a whole range of challenges for parents. Whilst the internet is very useful as an educational tool, it can leave children exposed to inapropriate information and influences.
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at New Park School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Please see documents below for further information.
Salford City Council have published information and guidence about Facebook. Please look at the PDF file named 'Common Facebook Issues' to learn more. There is also a step by step PDF guide to setting up privacy settings on Facebook.
There is also a PDF file for pupil E- safety, this is a policy for the children and that was also made by the children.
Many apps are available for monitoring and controling the activity and access to mobile phones.
The most popular apps include Mobiclip, Kids Zone, MM Guardian and Funamao, but there are many more to choose from on the Apple, android and Microsoft app stores.
Just enter the search term "parental control".
Websites for more information
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.