Telford Priory School believes that the use of information and communication technologies in and out of school brings fantastic benefits. However, recognising issues around e-safety and planning accordingly will help ensure appropriate, effective and safer use of electronic communications.
On this page you will find a number of resources which will hopefully allow parents and students to make informed choices when communicating online.
Parents Guide to Snapchat
Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app popular with teenagers. Here are some guides on how to use it safely and things to be aware of:
Safe Guide for internet use
This guide features what children do online, the threat of online strangers and how to ensure a healthy balance between Internet use, your children's online privacy, digital security, and more on online safety to mention.
Staying Safe with Thinkuknow
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Visit their site for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer. Thinkuknow website.
They also have produced Learning about online safety at home - Parent and Carer Activity Packs. These have been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, theywill be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
Report Remove - New service from Childline
Childline has launched Report Remove, a service that allows children and young people under 18 to report and get removed from the internet a nude image or video of themselves that might have been shared online. The webpage includes links to services and information offering emotional and safeguarding support.
Visit the Childline website: Report a nude image online
Information on TikTok
TikTok National Online Safety
Deepfakes showing up on TikTok
You will be well aware of the growing popularity of TikTok, add deepfakes into the mix and things are starting to become more concerning. It's likely that children and young people are using TikTok just for a bit of fun, but growing fake information in the form of manipulated videos gives rise the growing concern of fake news/information.
To read a recent article click HERE, and to learn more about TikTok in general click the image below.
- Parent Info (CEOP) - a comprehensive, free resource for schools and parents covering a range of safeguarding topics and information about apps and when they are updated etc. The content is updated by CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)
- NSPCC - Pokémon Go - Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
- Thinkuknow - An education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command
- Cyberbullying - Article on 'Protecting Children from The Threat of Cyberbullying'
- Askaboutgames - Information on video game age ratings and how to play responsibly
- "Bait out" pages are online groups or pages that invite users to share nude images, videos or sexual gossip about others, according to Childnet. read more about this disturbing trend here.
- Live streaming - Protecting children from exploitation - What is live streaming, why do young people do it and what are the risks?
- "Bait out" pages are online groups or pages that invite users to share nude images, videos or sexual gossip about others, according to Childnet read more about this disturbing trend here.
- We have been advised that there is a new APP that is going viral among many (primary and secondary) school age pupils. The APP is called DOKI DOKI (literature club). The game is advertised as a school dating app and does not require parental checks to download. It is a free APP and although users should be 13+ years children can easily agree to being over the age. Once downloaded, children have ready access to their own account. The APP begins as a colourful and light-hearted game but takes a sinister turn within an hour of children playing where their online friend starts to talk about depression and eventually commits suicide. The NSPCC Online Safety team are aware of the APP's existence and information regarding the APP will be provided at future Safeguarding training to schools. It will also be shared at the next Schools' Safeguarding Group meetings.
- Parents Guide to Doki Doki - click here!
- Momo Challenge - please read the BBC article here and read the guidance document here