Online Safety

If something or someone has made you feel uncomfortable online, click the blue button to report it.

January 2023

We have very recently been dealing with conversations with concerned and worried children after they have seen or been told about a character called "Huggy Wuggy." 

Huggy Wuggy and Poppy Playtime is an app that sounds very innocent in it's title and therefore has been slipping through all the safety filters that you have set up on your parental settings at home.  

Unfortunately, it is a horror game that is proving to cause children up and down the country a lot of distress.  

Please see the link which details it further but can I please recommend you check that your child is playing on apps that are suitable to their age group and double check that an app contains before downloading it, because apps are being made constantly that are far more inappropriate than they sound. 

https://saferschoolsni.co.uk/huggy-wuggy-online-safety-review/

Safety Squad
This is the Rocks Park Safety Squad and their role in the school is to help promote the message of safeguarding to all the children. 

Being Safe Online – Top Tips!
The Safety Squad asked the children in their classes for some top tips for being safe online. These are the 5 top tips for online safety from the children of Rocks Park:

New Year, New Device? How to set up Parental Controls on any device. This is a great site which will give you step by step instructions for any device. https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Please be aware of the apps that your child may be using and how to use them safely. The apps below all have an age rating of 13+

BE SMART

SAFE Keep your personal information safe (name, address, email, phone number, school name)

MEET Friends made online are strangers; meeting them can be dangerous

ACCEPTING Accepting files can be dangerous. If you are unsure, ask an adult.

RELIABLE Not everyone or everything online is reliable or trustworthy

TELL Always tell an adult if something online upsets or worries you.

How to report.

Being online and using the internet is just like being in the real world - but sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say nasty things to you which upset you, or you may see something that you don’t like.

You can report it to us http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ or by clicking the blue button at the top of this page.

Rocks Park School Online Safety rules.pdf
Safer Internet Day Discussions (1)

Safer Internet Day 7th of February 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In the UK, we are celebrating by putting children and young people’s voices at the heart of the day and encouraging them to shape the online safety support that they receive.

That is why we are asking parents, carers, teachers, government, policymakers, and the wider online safety industry to take time to listen to children and young people and make positive change together.

This year we are hoping to answer the following questions:

With your help, Safer Internet Day 2023 can be a springboard for conversations that shape how we talk about and respond to online issues, not just for one day, but throughout the whole year.


https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2023

NSPCC -home-or-out-alone-guide.pdf

As your child gets older, it’s likely they’ll want a bit more independence. Staying home or going out without you is a natural step for them to take — when the time is right. It can be hard to decide whether your child is ready. There’s a lot to think about. And a lot you might be worried about. This guide from NSPCC is designed to reduce that worry, by helping you make the right decision for you and your child.

pants-kids-pull-out.pdf

With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to learn how to stay safe.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

You can watch the video and learn the song here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lL07JOGU5o

pants-parents-guide-online.pdf

The Internet is great. But it can be a scary place and you can sometimes end up seeing things, you wish you hadn't. Often this stuff can just pop up without warning. If something online has upset, worried or scared you, don’t panic, there are things you can do.

Take a look at this great addition to the CBeebies site: https://www.bbc.com/ownit

and watch the great video:

https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/when-you-see-something-scary-online


Should I let my child set up a YouTube account? A child should be 13 years old to create their own YouTube account. Young people between the ages of 13 and 17 can create their own accounts, but only with the permission of their parents or carers. This means that children at Rocks Park should not have a YouTube account.

Take a look at the tips.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/livestreaming-online-video-apps/

DigiDuck-eBook.pdf

Read the story of Digiduck and his friends to help children understand how to be a good friend to others on the internet.

You can also read about Smartie the Penguin and the problems he has when he gets a new laptop for his birthday.

You can download a copy here.

The-Adventures-of-Smartie-the-Penguin.pdf

The NSPCC have a great website full of advice to keep your child safe online.

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

If you have questions about particular devices that children are using or asking for, this guide has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices.

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

The NSPCC have put together a checklist to help you set up your child’s new device: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls

share-aware.pdf

YouTube Kids is a filtered version of YouTube, built just for children to explore their interests in a contained, age-appropriate experience. In order to find a variety of the best family-friendly videos from the broader universe of content on YouTube, they use a mix of automated filters built by their engineering teams, human review and feedback from users.

For a channel or video to be included in the YouTube Kids app, the content must be family-friendly. Check out our Creating for YouTube Kids Field Guide, designed to help creators create programming that will be eligible for inclusion in YouTube Kids, like videos that foster positive interests, promote development and education, and inspire families to engage with each other and the real world.

YouTube Kids has a full suite of parental controls in the app so you can customise your child’s experience. You can create individual profiles for each of your children, decide what content to make available for your children, set a timer to limit screen time, see recent videos your children have been watching, and so much more. 

https://www.youtube.com/kids/

Help, advice and resources for 4–11 year olds. Get Help, Get Smart, Get Answers

https://www.childnet.com/young-people/4-11-year-olds/