At North Walkden we aim to keep everyone safe whilst at the same time enjoying the internet. The schools Online Safety & Mobile Technology policy is available in the policy section of the website which details how we manage e-safety in school but you will also find lots of information here on how to keep your children safe on-line outside of school.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MINIMUM AGE TO USE TIK TOK, SNAPCHAT, FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM IS 13, WHATSAPP IS 16.
Please take a look at the document below which lists 'apps' that are know to our Local Authority Safe Guarding Officers and can be a concern when used by children under the recommended age. We urge parents and carers to review and monitor what your child is accessing.
School strongly recommends that these apps are not used until the legal age is reached.
Here are some great sites to make sure everyone has a safe time on the internet.
Date: 19 February 2020
The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.
Read the news story: TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control
See also on NSPCC Learning
> Online safety training
September 2018 - Watch out for our weekly online advice on the school newsletter which is emailed out every Friday and can be found on the 'News' tab of the website.
18 – 24 June 2018 - Greater Manchester's Child Sexual Exploitation Week of Action
It’s Not Okay! campaign aims to encourage parents to 'Keep Switched On’ and be vigilant about their child’s safety whether they are online, or off out.
Child sexual exploitation can happen anywhere. Be vigilant about your child’s safety and trust your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, it may not be #ItsNotOkay
Concerned your child might have been groomed? Help is available. Visit: http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/get-help/ #ItsNotOkay
Encourage your child to speak out if they have any concerns about something they’ve seen online
See documents attached to help you set parental controls on your childs electronic devices!
16th February 2017
It has been brought to our attention that some children are downloading a secrecy App for photographs and videos, called 'HiCalculator'. The App appears and operates on a mobile device as a calculator, however, once a password has been entered the children can store photographs or videos on the App as well as share them with others. This allows children to keep photographs and videos a secret.
The App does not contain an age restriction and therefore can be accessed by anyone. Parents please be aware, check and monitor your child's activities online, particularly if they are using an App specifically designed to hide items from view.
14th June 2016 - IMPORTANT UPDATE - Please click on the links below for information regarding a chat site called Omegle.com or Omegle States (USA) which Greater Manchester Police have advised us of issues regarding children accessing the site.