There is often a lot of press about Facebook and issues around personal safety, privacy and identity theft.
Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says that you need to be 13 years old to have a Facebook account. If a child under this age has an account then it has been obtained dishonestly (sometimes with an adult's knowledge) and this is considered as fraud.
In the interest of child protection and safety within Safeguarding legislation, it is our duty to notify appropriate organisations if we become aawre of any pupil of Wybers Wood Academy operating Facebook accounts. However, we are bound to inform you of an application (ClickCEOP) that can be added to accounts run by The Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit. This can be added to child or adult profiles. Through the application you can receive advice and support. Crucially, young people can report instances of suspected grooming and/or inappropriate behaviour directly from their profile to specially trained investigators.
To add this vital application and help keep young people safe, visit - www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP
If this is added or bookmarked to appear on their profile it is a constant source of help and reassurance for individuals plus a strong visual signal to others that they are in control on line.
You can also visit http://ceop.police.uk/ to access information about e-safety and you are able to contact the internet police immediately via this webiste regarding any e-safety issues.
Another big issue is Identity theft. Here are some simple steps/checks to help avoid being a victim of Identity theft.
- Do not use your true date of birth (change it slightly as your true friends will know your real date of birth) Banks and online organisations often use your DOB for security checks.
- Think about whether you really need your phone number in your profile for everyone to see.
- Can everyone see your pictures and copy/use them? Check your privacy settings. Do your pictures give away locations? Are you wearing a school jumper/work uniform?
- Chcek your privacy settings on your images as each album might need adjusting.
- Have you 'checked in' to places - letting people know you are away!
- Not all friends are actual friends. Limit what information they can access.
We hope this information is helpful in keeping you and your family safe and secure.
Senior Leadership Team
Wybers Wood Academy
Web Sites for Parents
www.childnet-int.org - A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll - www.childnet-int.org/kia/
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.getsafeonline.org/ A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2011/10/advice-for-parents/ - Managing your Media - Good Ofcom online safety video and guide for parents/carers
www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
www.chatdanger.com/ - This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
www.internetmatters.org - Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online
www.beatbullying.org - Advice for parents and young people about bullying, both online and off.