Bishop Perowne guide for parents/ carers in accordance with gov.uk guidelines:
- There are age restrictions for different apps and social media, check that your child is compliant with these.
- Ensure your child has appropriate privacy settings in place and that only approved friends can see what they share publicly and privately.
- Check that your child knows how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them. Talk to them about behaviours and comments that are inappropriate and unacceptable, social media can provide an anonymous platform to voice or share things people wouldn't normally in face-to-face situations.
- Consent should be sought before sharing photos or videos of others. Photos and videos should not reveal identities of themselves or others e.g. school uniform logo showing the school they attend.
- It is important that you keep talking to your child about their use of social media and checking that they are staying safe. Encourage them to consider how they and others behave online and how they could deal with problem situations. Do they know that private messages and deleted messages can still be retrieved? How can they be a good friend online?
- Ensure your child understands the importance of not accepting or befriending people they have never met before.
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Bishop Perowne does not tolerate any form of bullying. If you have been a victim of cyberbullying you should:
- Keep a record as evidence, these can include 'screenshots'.
- Talk to your parents/ carers who can help with the situation by removing or reporting any harmful material, and contact the police if there is any criminal activity involvement.
- If this issue becomes a problem in school, report it to a member of staff who can record and follow up as required. The school provides education and advice about online safety through assemblies, PHSE lessons and bi-weekly drop in sessions with PCSO's are available to go to in school for further advice.
We have been alerted to websites and games that are a huge cause for concern in the safety and wellbeing of children and young people:
Blue Whale – The Blue Whale Challenge is a dangerous internet based 'game' that has resulted in many deaths in several countries. The game requests 'challenges' over a number of weeks and is both physically and mentally very harmful. As yet this game has not popularised in the UK but we need to be vigilant around the threat it poses. Samaritans are monitoring the situation and are limiting the attention brought into the UK.
Sayat.me- This is a site that users can get anonymous feedback about themselves or respond and feedback to others. This has been known to have very emotionally damaging consequences. The internet is more commonly being used as a platform for people to express themselves and share their thoughts and feelings. Parents/ carers please be aware of the sites your children are accessing as sites like these leave users vulnerable to cyberbullying.
For further advice and guidance about online safety and social media use, see the following websites:
Safer Internet Day 2017 Information for Parents (.pdf)