The safety of your children at our school is a top priority, both in the physical world and the online world.
As such we have dedicated this page of the website to keep you, the parents, updated on any online safety concerns and information as it is released. If you have any questions about how to keep your children safe online then please come in and speak to us.
To the right are useful links and documents that will help you to better understand the online world and how you can keep your children safe online at home.
Below you will find any latest updates we find out about with regards to keeping your children safe online.
Safer Internet Week - 6th - 10th February 2017
This week was Safer Internet Week. The children heard lots about how to stay safe online in an assembly on Tuesday 7th February. They also learnt about what we need to do when we share images online and how to use social media sites responsibly. Lots of the children didn't realise how old you had to be to use some of the social media sites that they have access to at home.
If your child does have access to any social media sites then please help to educate them on how to use these sites appropriately and what to do if they see anything that makes them feel unhappy or unsafe.
More information on the minimum ages for different social media sites can be found on the right.
It has been brought to our attention that some children are downloading a secrecy App for photographs and videos, called 'HiCalculator'. The App appears and operates on a mobile device as a calculator, however, once a password has been entered the children can store photographs or videos on the App as well as share them with others. This allows children to keep photographs and videos a secret.
The App does not contain an age restriction and therefore can be accessed by anyone. Screenshots of what the app looks like can be found on the right.
GMP have made us aware of an issue involving children using the website Omegle.com or Omegle States (USA). It is an online chat room which needs no registration process whatsoever, and is often linked with other ‘copycat’ sites involving significant adult content. The site matches you with a stranger, and you simply click and go to start chatting, and this includes video chat. Please see the information sheets to the right for more detail, which highlights the risk of how easy it is for children to become vulnerable.
Other websites that can access this are Omegle UK.
Apps that give access to the site are 'Chat for Omegle’, ‘Free Omegle Chat’, ‘Omeglers’.
Please check your child understands the dangers of this and similar sites and make sure they don't or haven't already downloaded these apps.