Staying Safe Online
We have had a recent safeguarding concern at a Manchester school under the category of online grooming. In the light of this, Greater Manchester Police has advised that we remind all schools to share a reminder of existing good practice messages with students.
Following the Christmas holidays, students may have received new technology, including phones for Christmas. We would like to remind all of our pupils of the need to keep themselves safe when using social media, and online, generally.
The following tips may be useful:
- Use the privacy settings on the phone to limit who reads your feed
- Keep location settings off when on social media
- Do not share personal information or images/video with anyone online
- Do not accept a friend request from someone you do not know in real life
- Know how to block or report anything concerning on sites and apps they use. Use Net Aware to find out how.
- Look out for the CEOP icon to report any suspicious or concerning areas on apps/sites
- Check out the NSPCC tools, including being Share Aware
- Remember that online behaviour - including sharing personal information - should mirror behaviour in person
- Perhaps download the ZipIt app to help you to deal with requests for inappropriate photos.
ZipIt is free to download from Google Play (Android) or App Store (Apple)
If you have received or sent any information, images or video to someone whom you do not know, you may want to talk about this with someone. You can share a concern with staff at school. The named staff for safeguarding in our school are Mr Kevin Corteen, Mrs Lisa Walker, Mr Richard Osler & Mrs Thaley Clough.