‘73% of pupils trust parents on online safety, but only 56% talk about it more than once a year’
‘2 in 5 pupils have never told anyone about the worst thing that has happened to them online’
‘But of those who did, 71% chose to tell a parent or carer’
There are constantly new sites apps, downloads, pop-ups etc which will target children (and adults) . Given the real threats which young people face online - it is more important than ever to be having regular conversations with your children about being safe and responsible and talking to you openly about their worries and concerns of items seen online.
This week it has become apparent that some of the children have been talking about or making reference to the 'Momo Challenge'. This is something that is being discussed in the media at the moment and parents need to be aware so that we can all work together to keep children safe on devices.
Please take a few minutes to look at advice on the following websites so that you are aware of what this is and how you can help keep your child safe online.
It appears that Whatsapp is the main app that has been targeted. Please be vigilant and ensure that you are regularly checking your children's phones, tablets and other electronic devices and ensuring you have parental controls strictly in place. (see above)
As is the case with this ‘challenge’, it is something that has been set up to shock and scare. Such cyberbullying tactics have habits of becoming shocking news because such trends become ‘overhyped’ because stories can spread instantly. As parents and educators we need to talk to children about the fact that such ‘crazes’ are meant to shock and scare by the individuals who make them available - but we serve to make them into a ‘craze’ the more we draw attention to them as being ‘shocking’ and ‘scary’.
If your child has mentioned this at home please could you dissuade them from discussing it with their friends at school to try and avoid unsettling others. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention.
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