At Chapelford Village Primary, we appreciate the importance of the internet as a learning tool for children today. It provides them with the opportunities to access a wide range of educational tools, communicate with friends and investigate the world around them. However, there is also content available that is not suitable for children. We hope that the information provided on this page will help to keep your children safe and ensure they use technology, including mobile phones responsibility.
Young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers. These dangers include:
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online (internet addiction), which can effect concentration, sleep and health
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
Online Safety at Home
In the coming weeks, as young people may be spending more time at home, with their families, and on devices, we have pulled together a list of resources that you can use with them to explore online safety in a fun, engaging and educational way.
As your family may be spending more time at home and finding new ways to access education, stay in touch and have fun, here are some links and resources to help you protect and support your child with their online lives.
NSPCC-Share Aware Campaign
Share aware campaign
The NSPCC has launched a new video ‘Be Share Aware - safety advice from a 10 year old’ to raise awareness and give parents and carers the confidence and skills to talk to their child about staying safe online.
The Internet Rules
Click click! Click click!
Click click! Click click!
Clap your hands. Clap your hands.
Clap your hands. Clap your hands.
Click click! be happy, click click! be safe.
Click click! be clever with a smiley smiley smiley face.
Click click! don’t ever, click click! ever be
click click! too worried, you must always tell your family.
We know the internet rules,
Learned them all at home and at school.
We know how to be safe and sound,
So clap your hands and turn around x 2
Advice for Parents - Online Use
Points to note:
Age restrictions are not followed, with many young people lying about their age to enable access to the sites. Many sites are peer led and due to this more and more young people are signing onto the sites without reading the policies and agreements that are attached to them. They want it now so that they can have instant access 24/7 to their friends – many opening accounts without parental knowledge. All accessed via phones, tablets, computers, laptops, and all online gaming consoles. Obvious Issues / concerns that are attached with these sites are Bullying, self harming, suicide, sexting, grooming, trolling, the list goes on.
We receive calls on a daily basis from the schools and families all seeking advice on how to deal with incidents that are being brought into schools due to the young people being on the sites late at night and in some cases 24/7 . If you have not already done so, can I suggest that you visit
YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. You can create your own YouTube account, make a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you will have a public profile, and it allows you to comment on videos and create video playlists. For younger children there is a separate YouTube for Kids site, with child friendly videos
Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, then Stanford University students. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of April 2014, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers.
According to Snapchat in May 2014, the app's users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day.
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. Users can also apply digital filters to their images. The maximum duration for Instagram videos is 15 seconds
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.
Facebook: After registering to use the site, users can create a User profile, add other users as "friends", exchange messages, post status updates and photos, share videos and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends". Facebook had over 1.3 billion active users as of June 2014. Ask.FM Ask.fm is a social networking site where users can invite questions from other users on the site or from anonymous users. The site was launched on June 16, 2010 Tiny chat: Online webcam chat with adults and a lot of adult content but the name would suggest its for young people! Omegle
Omegle is a free online chat website that allows users to communicate with strangers without registering. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the handles "You" and "Stranger" The site now provides a mobile application that lets users chat with strangers from mobile devices. It should also be noted that the site has many problematic users, making it unsafe for children who will encounter sexual content on an almost continuous basis
OoVoo is a video chat and instant messaging client developed by ooVoo LLC for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, Android, iOS and Facebook. It was released in 2007, and is similar in some respects to Microsoft's Skype
Habbo allows users to create their own Habbo character and design hotel rooms, meet new friends, chat with other players, organize parties, look after virtual pets, create and play games and complete quests.
Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for mobile devices. The app is available on most iOS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems free of charge. Kik Messenger is modeled after BlackBerry's Messenger. Kik uses a smartphone's data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages. Kik also allows users to share photos, sketches, mobile webpages, and other content. Kik Messenger requires users to register a username.
WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging subscription service for smartphones and selected feature phones that uses the internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other images, video, and audio media messages as well as their location using integrated mapping features.
Hot or Not began as a rating site that allowed users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. The site offers a matchmaking engine called 'Meet Me' and an extended profile feature called "Hotlists".
Bebo: Users receive a personal profile page where they can post blogs, photographs, music, videos, and questionnaires, which other users may answer. Additionally, users may add others as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.
O2 NSPCC Community Events
If you would like to register your interest for the O2 NSPCC team to attend a community event in your area, please e-mail email@example.com
Your contact info (name, e-mail and mobile number)
The team can deliver workshops to parents about online safety (approx. 1hr) or attend in a different capacity, such as be on hand to show parents how to apply parental controls to their devices.
Any events the O2 NSPCC team attend must be aimed at parents.
Please note: registering your interest does not guarantee they will be able to attend – the team will respond within 5 working days to confirm the next steps.
Internet Safe Filtering and Monitoring
Filtering: The school has a system, provided by the Multi Academy Trust ICT Partner in Education, Dataspire, called Securly. This will block all traffic that comes through the school's network, including the school's wireless router, that is classified as inappropriate, according to an international classification system. This includes classifications in multiple languages and images, covering a range of material, including extremism.
The school also uses an additional filtering system called Sophos which is provided by Abtec, who provide our Curriculum IT support.
The school will monitor internet access by: receiving reports on the most blocked websites from the school network and sharing this with Dataspire to assess the greatest risks and concerns.
- Training children to report and respond to all reports of inappropriate content, informing Dataspire as necessary.
- random reviewing of internet browsing histories.
Musical.ly App – What parents need to know
As yet another app that has caught the imagination of over 70 million people worldwide, Musical.ly allows people to make and share 15 second music videos. These feature users lip-syncing to the latest songs provided by the app, singing their own songs or doing comedy skits. Launched in 2014 Musical.ly describes itself as “the world’s fastest growing social network around music and lifestyle,” with over 70 million users (mostly based in the US).
Blocking a user
If your child is receiving unwanted messages or comments, they can block the user on the app.
You can block a user by going to their profile and selecting the icon with three dots on the right hand corner and then choosing ‘block this user’.
Reporting inappropriate content
If your child comes across any content that is not appropriate they can press the icon with three dots on the side of the screen and select ‘report abuse’ from the list of options.
What is the musical.ly’s Minimum age?
The Terms and Conditions don’t clearly specify but according to Common Sense Media 16+ would be recommended.
How does it work?
Users or ‘Musers’ can create an account by using an email or their existing Facebook or Twitter account.
To create videos users can record themselves miming to along to music or record their own songs. The app allows them to speed up or slow down the video. Once their happy with the video it can be posted to their followers and shared on other networks like Facebook Messenger, Vine or WhatsApp.
Like other social networks, users can follow others, comment and like videos on the app. There is a search tool that allows users to watch other videos and search by trending hashtags (i.e. #UnitedKingdom). Hashtags are added to video when posting them; these can also be used to respond to challenges, i.e. GMAchallenge, BangChallenge.
Why do teens love the app?
Many users of musical.ly otherwise known as ‘musers’ use the app because it helps them to ‘connect with friends, watch videos from other musers and showcase their creativity to the world.
The musical.ly community is made up of young and creative people who enjoy sharing their talents, gaining followers (or fans) and getting their content ‘featured’ so it can be seen by millions of musers.
What can you find on the app?
There are a range of videos showcasing comedy skits, lip syncing and a myriad of talents from singing to acrobatics.
What other parents say about the app?
According the Common Sense Media site, many parents believe that the app should be used by teens aged 16 year old and over. This is mainly due to the number of songs with sexual and explicit content featured on the app and the instance of inappropriate profile pictures and usernames being used.
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Parents need to know that while the original, strategy-focused, single-player version of Fortnite (also known as Save the World) is a survival action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac, it's the wildly popular last-player-standing mode known as Fortnite: Battle Royale that's taken off and become a huge hit. (There's also a mobile version of the popular battle royale mode that lets portable players engage with and play against console and PC gamers.) Fortnite: Battle Royalepits up to 100 players against each other in solo, duo, or up to four-player squads to see who can survive the longest against each other in an ever-shrinking map. The game has a cartoonish style, and the violence, while persistent, isn't bloody or particularly gory, even though you're using melee weapons and firearms to eliminate opponents. The game does push players to make additional in-game purchases to acquire many cosmetic items, objects, and celebratory animations, though they're not required to play. While there isn't any profanity in the game dialogue, its online nature could expose younger players to iffy language from random strangers in voice or on-screen text chat. In Save the World, gamers use strategic thinking, creativity, and forward planning to build fortifications while working with teammates to defend survivors and objectives from waves of creepy, zombie-like monsters. If you want to know more about this phenomenon, be sure to check out our Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
FORTNITE is one of the most popular video games currently being played worldwide, but the majority of most players' attention isn't on the original, strategy-focused, single-player campaign (also known as Save the World), but rather the stand-alone last-player-standing mode known as Battle Royale. Here, gamers take on up to 100 other players by themselves, with a partner, or as part of a four-player squad to see who manages to survive the longest against opponents on an ever-shrinking map.