Stay Safe Online

Dear parent/carer

There has been a media frenzy recently about “The Momo Challenge”. Please be aware that this is a hoax that is at least 18 months old and I have linked to two articles below that explores this further. 

 

https://www.thatsnonsense.com/is-the-momo-challenge-real-or-an-online-hoax-fact-check/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/28/viral-momo-challenge-is-a-malicious-hoax-say-charities

 

You will of course be offering your child support and guidance to keep them safe online. Please don’t spread the panic but do talk to your children about online safety. 

 

This advice is taken from the local authority:

Online Safety - Have a conversation 

A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion.  By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online. 

Conversation starter ideas:

  1. Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  2. Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  3. Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  4. Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  5. Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

Below are some other online resources that may help:

          https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

          https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

          https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety  

          https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/ 

If you have any further queries please contact Mrs Elmhirst our designated Safeguard Lead on 01262 672593



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