RESOURCES AND ADVICE
School closure due to Coronavirus pandemic: Students will be working independently using online resources to a considerable extent. It is very important that they take steps to keep themselves safe. The Safer Internet Day guidance below is a good place to start and there are lots of links to help on this page.
Safer Internet Day 2020 - guidance for safety online
30th March 2020: The Department for Education has identified these resources as being of particular value in supporting parents and carers in ensuring that their children are safe online:
Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Starting secondary school? A guide to online safety can be found here
WARNING FROM POLICE AND NSPCC - "DOKI DOKI" - JUNE 2018
"Doki Doki also known as Doki Doki Literature Club. Developed in 2017. It does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. This is the first game produced by Salvato and has won a number of awards since it was launched in August 2017. It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months.
In essence the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping. All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths. One even shows you messages from the players who have passed away saying “ now you can all be happy I am gone”. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.
This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.
Prior to our contact the NSPCC Online Safety team had had no calls with regards to this game but they are now alerted to its existence.
As a result they reviewed information from their Childline Counsellor Facts notes since April 2017. Two counselling sessions had made notes with regards to Doki Doki – these were in November 2017 and January 2018. One talked about a friend playing the game. It was noted the game can trigger emotional responses. The other session noted the young person had been playing it and their favourite character had committed suicide – the young person was thinking about ending their life the same way.”
Online safety presentation from Parents/Carers meeting November 2017
Fantastic new app which enables parents to control and monitor their child's internet access.... http://ourpact.com/
A very useful key source of advice is the ParentInfo site....
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety.
CEOP - ‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
UK Safer Internet Centre: “The Parents Guide to Technology' has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly”.
Know IT All website.- Parents section: The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Google: A guide to show parents how they can protect your family online.
Vodafone: The 'Digital Parenting Guide'
“Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, ‘How to’ guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved.”
The latest edition of Vodafone's Digital Parenting magazine is now available at the following link:
This is an excellent free publication to assist parents in protecting their children from online threats.
'A Parent's Guide to Facebook' from ConnectSafely.org.
YouTube Safety Centre - http://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/safety.html