Internet related child sex offences
The NSPCC has released figures following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to police forces in England and Wales looking at internet-related sex offences. Figures from 39 police forces who responded to the FOI show that: 5,653 police-recorded child sexual offences in 2016/17 had an online element, an increase of 44% from 2015/16 figures; nearly 100 offences were committed against children aged 10 and under; 13 was the most common age of the victim (where recorded). The NSPCC is calling on the government to introduce strict online safety measures including: an independent regulator to hold social media companies to account; minimum standards that internet companies must meet to safeguard children; safer social media accounts for children with default privacy settings.
Source: NSPCC Date: 01 June 2017
Internet Matters has published findings from a survey of parents looking at their concerns about how children can experience cyberbullying differently based on gender and online activity. Findings from a survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 9-16 show that parents fear: that boys are more likely to be bullied on gaming platforms than girls; and that girls are more likely to be bullied over social media than boys.
Source: Internet Matters Date: 22 May 2017
Further information: Cyberbullying (PDF)
Social media age limits
The NSPCC has published figures which suggest parents don’t know if their children are old enough to use social networks like Facebook or Snapchat. Findings from an online survey of 4,000 people in the UK, 2,608 of whom were parents include: more than half of parents were unaware of the age limits on social media; and 1 in 5 parents think that there are no age requirements at all for social media.
Source: NSPCC Date: 14 March 2017
Further information: Online safety
Tuesday 7th February 2017 Internet Safety Day
We have had a fantastic response to our Internet Safety Day Poster Competition. All posters to be completed by Friday 10th and winners will be announced on Friday 17th February in the Celebration Assembly. Our judges are Mrs Adamson, Mr Brown and Miss Smyth. They have a tough job ahead!
Our Year 5 class visited Anfield as part of Internet Safety `Day and took part in a variety of activities arranged by LFC. They all said they learnt a lot and enjoyed the morning.
Friday 16th December 2016
In the New Year all parents and carers will be invited into school for our children to share with them the work we have been doing on Internet safety. The assemblies will be interactive with all adults and children and we hope we can show you what we know and maybe you could even learn something new.
Some of the subjects will be: Free Wifi ? Chat rooms? Social Media? Pokemon Go! The dangers of using wifi in public places.
Watch this space for your invitation!
In the mean time please feel free to look up the following websites to help with any unanswered questions or please feel free to pop in and talk to a member of the school to help with any questions you may have.
Thursday 15th December 2016
During Computing Club today Mrs sergeant has set us a challenge to be completed ASAP! We need to brainstorm our ideas for a leaflet to be given to every pupil in the school to help them with internet safety. We browsed the web to see what ideas we could scramble and used the App: onLineMindMappingBubble to collate our ideas.
Watch this space for the new year as we are hoping to publish our leaflet in the new year!
Keeping children safe online
Well done Key Stage 1 for completing the first E-Cadets challenge!
Reception are starting the challenge on Monday! The task was to create a poster telling everybody about internet safety. Henry was suitably impressed! Check out the certificate!