Online Safety

online safety

With more ways to communicate online and with greater access to online devices it has never been more important to stay safe online and know the risks.

SPEAK OUT!
 
If you are worried and feel unsafe or with to talk to a child safety officer, Speak Out.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centres)
 
If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone as been communicating online, let CEOP know.

Safeguarding Soundbites

INEQE Safeguarding Group believe in empowering people to stay safer through education and the use of innovative technology.

 

We are members of the Safeguarding support network, which lists safeguarding providers on a global scale and the Safety Tech Network, which lists organisations that work to promote safer online experiences.

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Featured Podcast: AI bots, TikTok news and Lantern.

National Online Safety Updates

Shopping Platforms

This free information guide explores the potential pitfalls of shopping apps, offering advice on how to use these services more safely.

Featured Update

AI is one of the biggest game-changers for our online lives. Check out the AI guidance and information from our online safety partners to help stay ahead:

Click the sub-headings below to explore advice and guidance on how to stay safe online.

Online Dangers:  Keeping Up

Keeping up with the latest apps and crazes with social media and messaging applications can be very difficult. WGA is collaborating with both the Ineque Safety Group (who provide the Safer Schools app) and National Online Safety to ensure that parents and carers from our community have access to the latest information. The Safer Schools App can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple Store for use on mobile devices. If you do not have the parent code to access the app, please contact digihelp@woodgreenacademy.co.uk

 

Ineque Safety Group have a catalogue of short soundbite podcasts (usually about 60 second long) that provide easy to follow updates regarding all issues to do with online safety. National Online Safety issue regular poster style information notices relating to current and ongoing online topics from social media to gaming trends that parents and carers need to be aware of.  Both of these resources can be accessed from this page.

Communicating Safely

 

Whether through a social network site such as Facebook, or the latest messaging application (Whatsapp, Snapchat etc.) it is incredibly easy to share with other people online. Unfortunately, there is always a minority who will want to use the information shared online to exploit or bully others in some way.

 

What can you do?

 

Nothing is more important than knowing what your child is doing online and how they use chat, instant messaging, blogs, forums & social networking sites. Professionals in this sector advise trying to set up some rules which you are all agreed on. Also, make sure that your child is happy with how to protect themselves when online and what they should do if they feel at risk.

 

Don’t panic if you’re not quite sure on how to approach a conversation about online safety. There is lots of help and support for parents, carers and children, from trusted providers. CEOP’s Think-U_Know website is full of useful tips and advice, including how to start a conversation with your child, as well as resources that you can read and watch with your child to support any online safety discussion at home. Follow the relevant links at CEOP Education for more information.

 

We also recommend the NSPCCs resources for supporting parents and carers with online safety which can be found on this link.

I want to block these sites!

 

If you are convinced that there is no alternative, you can install filtering software but be careful, there are often ways around these and your child may feel they have to hide what they are doing from you.

 

GetNetWise has a list of programs and information on how you can protect your children AND your computer. Top Ten Reviews has a side by side comparison of filtering software.

 

There’s something nasty on…

 

If you have come across bullying or other inappropriate content on a site then you should report it to the site itself. Most popular social networking sites and messaging applications have ways a user can report. If it’s a bit more serious than that, you can report it to CEOP or the police if someone is in immediate danger. You can find out more about CEOP below.

  

Managing the information placed in a social network is essential: avoid unnecessary information being placed online. Choosing appropriate security settings is also very important. Make sure that only ‘real friends’ from the ‘real world’ can interact or see information from the users account.

 

Online Safety Content

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