Following on from National internet safety day yesterday I have found some helpful guides that could be used at home.
The children have been very responsive to the work the school has been doing recently on internet safety but work at home would also be useful. Children don't naturally see links between home and school; they don't understand that behaviour at home isn't accepted in school and vice versa. Any work or discussions you can have with your child(ren) around being safe online will really help their understanding.
The guides are saved below.
I received an email today from County advisers with the following information regarding MOMO:
“ Our feelings and advice regarding the “momo” scare are similar to the “blue whale game”. While there have been some reports of a game being played, it transpires to be more of a chain-mail type situation. We do not advise sending out warnings or mentioning the name in newsletters as this could lead children & young people to look for it. Our messaging is to have open and general conversations with children about the kind of content they could encounter online, and to ensure children know where to go/who to turn to if they do come across something unsettling. Moreover, it is important that as professionals we are setting an example ourselves, making sure the information we are sharing within our networks is factual and useful.”
Please look at the following newspaper report. If you allow your child to watch Youtube be aware that there is a new horror scam going around which involves children in self-harm and instilling fear through threats of violence to them and friends.
The images have scared me so will be awful for children.
Please take action to ensure your child doesn't become involved with MOMO.
There is plenty of information regarding this on Facebook and other social media sights. Please don't scare your children by discussing this if it hasn't been an issue but we will be discussing online safety in school and so older children may come home talking about it.
As a school we get regular updates from County on issues regarding online safety for children. We have been informed that there is a new online game that requests the players undress using a camera. We have taught our pupils the potential issues regarding online gaming and safety but we are making parents aware of this new game. We haven't got a name but please be vigilant to any changes in behaviour regarding your child(ren) and playing online games.
We will be starting a series of 'Safeguarding' assemblies. These will focus on the children's understanding of safeguarding and how to keep safe. During these assemblies we will be referring to information and guidance from the NSPCC. If your child comes home asking questions about keeping safe then please answer them honestly but at a level they can understand.
We will be covering aspects of child abuse and if you would rather your child not be involved with this then please let me know.
Here are some useful websites that could help at home:
Protecting our children
"A strong culture of safeguarding has been built around a secure knowledge of pupils’ individual need," - OFSTED 2017
The school takes its Child Protection responsibility seriously and aims to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care.
Our ethos fosters partnership between school and parents, listening to and valuing pupils, training staff to be aware of signs and symptoms of abuse and carrying out the correct procedures, maintaining a safe school environment, and working in partnership with other agencies in this area.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs A Frost, so please speak to her should you with to know more about these procedures, or see a copy of the school's Child Protection Policy. Miss A-M Travers and Mrs M Cooper are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Equally, we are also committed to policies that promote equality of opportunity, positive attitudes to cultural diversity, the elimination of racial discrimination, and safeguarding children. The Single Equality Policy and Accessibility Plan are available from our Policies page, or hard copies can be supplied via the School Office.