Online Safety Update

Spending money on Fortnite

The increasing number of children who say they have spent money on Fortnite is astounding – with some children, the purchases are deliberate and some not so. The worry is that children do not understand that V-Bucks equate to real money; please ensure card details are not stored on devices and remember to monitor children’s usage by having digital free zones. Here is one recent example: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/six-year-old-costs-uncle-16414386

Here at Isham, and other schools around the county, there is an increasing concern about Whatsapp and Snapchat. Please see the information below, which has been sent by Simon Aston, about how to keep your children safe whilst using these apps.

Whatsapp:

  • If young people are in group chats remind them to only communicate with people they know
  • Be careful in group chats as people can easily see what’s being said and get hold of contact numbers, especially strangers
  • If you feel uncomfortable, leave the group and tell an adult  
  • You can also block people if need be
  • Look out for a profile picture in chats if we are worried – No pic, no click!
  • Through settings turn off read receipts – like with any app, once downloaded we need to alter the settings to high
  • Be extra careful sharing your location on What’s App, via settings on the phone we recommend location is switched off
  • You can also change the “last seen” information in your settings again we recommend those are off
  • In your bio don’t give out personal information

This parent guide is a useful document as well:

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/

Snapchat:

A gentle and calm reminder to young people that sharing pictures or videos on Snapchat come’s with risk.

  • Remind young people meeting anyone online they do not know is dangerous
  • Remind young people actually what a sex offender is and looks like, age appropriately of course
  • If the images being shared are of a sexting nature we highly recommend you look at and share with staff the UKCCIS guidance
  • Don’t forget videos and images can be shared on Snapchat rapidly via a status, sharing information with everyone and sending information to specific people
  • Ideally location should be set to ghost mode
  • Remind young people on Snapchat to report, block and tell a trusted adult if something concerns them
  • Some of you may already have these but the Snapchat checklist’s are wonderful
  •  You can also share this with young people, great advice from Childnet International

With the digital world evolving at a rapid rate, a constant worry is that children will become addicted to their screens. Please see the attachment below for how to recognise addiction within children and what you can do to help – sometimes it’s cruel to be kind!!

As always, let us know if we can do anything to help.

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