LATEST NEWS and ADVICE
Nov 2015 Internet Use and Facebook
I am aware that more and more people are making far more use of the Internet and Social Networking sites such as Facebook. Please be aware that you must be very careful of anything that you write as it could offend others even when you think that it is private, it often has a way of getting out!!
Please be very careful with your children making any use of social networking sites especially Facebook (children of Primary School age are not allowed to have a Facebook account). I am sure you are well aware of the problems of cyber bullying and it is very easy for this to start. The Internet and Facebook are great tools if used responsibly.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT SITES YOUR CHILD IS ACCESSING ON THEIR COMPUTER?
June 2015 CHAT APP
Runcorn Police have recently received a number of reports relating to a Chat App OoVoo. It is a video chat and messaging app and is available for iPhone/iPod/iPads and Androids. You can also use OoVoo on a computer (PC or MAC). This is a totally inappropriate site for children. OoVoo is under no obligation to review or monitor the content of the app. If OoVoo is downloaded then it is open to anyone and everyone. You have to go into the settings to make it private, so only people you accept can contact you. Please be aware of the apps your children are using, regulalrly check their iPhones, iPads, iPods, laptops etc. Keep them safe!!!
For more information on how to keep your child safe when using the Internet click the links on the E-Safety menu bar above
The development of Computing has brought with it a change in the way that children and young people are bullied. However, just as with more direct forms of bullying, many children and young people keep silent about abuse they are suffering via mobile phone, e-mail or Internet.
Parents and carers are advised not to wait until cyber bullying happens to know what to do.
Talk to your children about their safe use of technological equipment and about what they should do if they have contact with anyone or receive messages that make them feel uncomfortable or worried. When talking to your child about cyber bullying, include the following advice:
- Respect other people online and off
- Do not spread rumours about other people or give out other peoples’ phone numbers.
- They are responsible for their own behaviour and, therefore, they need to think about what they are doing
- Consider what it would feel like to be bullied in your own home via things you value, such as a mobile phone or computer, and how distressing this would be
- Do not give out other people’s names, addresses, phone numbers, school name or passwords on line
- Make a note of the date and time when a message is received that scares or worries the child or young person and keep the message as evidence
- Encourage your child to tell an adult they trust and who can help them.
If a problem occurs for your child:
- Contact the mobile phone network or the Internet service provider. By working together, you should be able to do something about incidents of cyber bullying
- If messages are threatening, malicious or persistent, inform the police.
- The law is on your side through:
- The Protection from Harassment Act
- The Malicious Communications Act 1998
- Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act
- All of the above Acts may be used to combat cyber bullying.