Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).
In Marchbank Free School we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Our Emerging Technology lead is a trained CEOP Ambassador and is responsible for monitoring current e-Safety issues and ensuring staff, students and parents are confident with e-safety. Our VLE (FROG) site has its own online safety area where students can access up to date e safety information/fact sheets/online safety games and resources and more importantly easy access to the CEOP (Child Exploitation online protection) site where they can report online abuse. They can also report any online issues within the student portal and an alert email is sent to The Emerging Technology Lead.
Some useful websites for parents/carers are:
The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
To report online abuse please click the report abuse button on the following link
· Reporting of suspected or known child sex offender activity directly to CEOP for investigation Click the CEOP REPORT button below
Gaming parental controls information
Parental controls fact sheets from Safer internet centre can be found here
Safety fact sheets for gaming platforms, snapchat etc.
Autumn Term 2019
Launch of DISP
The DISP is Darlington internet safety partnership where you will find lots of key up to date information around the internet. Keeping up to date on what our children are doing online is crucial to keeping them safe . It is updated regularly so please take a look !
Please see latest information on the Dark Web.
Online streaming warning
Twitch – is a live video streaming service for video gamers to stream live footage of themselves playing video games. Viewers watching your stream can type live comments about your stream as you play.
As of May 2018, it had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users, with around a million average concurrent users.
To sign up for Twitch you must be aged 13+ and Twitch states on its website that The Twitch Services are not available to persons under the age of 13. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you may only use the Twitch Services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by these Terms of Service.
The typical Twitch user is male and aged between 18 and 34 years of age.
What parents need to know:-
While Twitch is a legitimate platform enjoyed by millions of users it doesn’t come without issues particularly for younger users. Comments left on peoples live streams can be at times very abusive, negative and explicit. Female gamers who stream are often the target for abuse and receive offensive and explicit comments. Younger users are also known to be targeted for abuse by older users who see them as an easy target to wind up etc.
We are also aware of users becoming very upset and stressed when no one watches their streams or they receive negative comments. This is having a negative impact upon their self-esteem and confidence. Appropriate content is a major issue with regards to younger views as many of the games broadcast are not suitable with games such as GTA 5 and other 18 cert games broadcast. These broadcasts are often accompanied with a content warning on start-up but you don’t have to verify your age.
While we have seen a rise in primary age children saying that they are using Twitch it may not mean that they have an account as you can access Twitch streams without needing an account. You cannot leave comments on someone’s stream however without an account.
DOKI DOKI Warning
Doki Doki Literature Club! is a game for PC and Mac. It has been in the headlines because, although it looks like a dating game, it has a dark twist about 90 minutes in. Suddenly the characters start killing themselves. During this process, suicidal images are shown. There little narrative warning of these events that come out of the blue for the player. Contrary to newspaper reports, the game does not send messages to your phone, and is not played online. Why No PEGI Rating? Because the game does not have a physical release it doesn’t legally require a PEGI rating to be sold. If it was sold on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or Android online stores it would need a PEGI or ESRB rating because those platforms voluntarily enforce the rating. If it was on the App Store it would have an Apple age rating. Because the game includes adult language it would get at least a PEGI 16 rating if it was released on these platforms or sold in physical form. On Steam this isn’t the same. However, it is listed as Psychological Horror, Visual Novel, Dark, Gore, Violent and Sexual Content. The game page also states that “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed”. When you start the game this is re-stated and you are required to confirm you are aged 13 or older.
Are There Parental Controls? You can turn on Family Settings on your Steam account by: Selecting Account | Family View. Enter your four-digit PIN.You can then restrict access to games and the Steam Store.
Durham Constabulary have been made aware of several recent incidents whereby children have been contacted over Instagram by a profile called either maxjudernit or person511. These profiles are targeting the girls and asking them for intimate and sexual photographs and they are sending sexual pictures in return, many are believed to be screenshots.
Although it's anonymous to start, it may not stay that way. The app encourages users to exchange personal information in the "Meet Up" section.
Please check your child’s social media use and reiterate the importance of telling you should anyone make unsolicited requests.
Many parents have asked how to help their child set their social media accounts to friends only, particularly on Facebook. Below you will find some help sheets to help you manage the settings on your child's Facebook account.
Click below to find out how to turn off messenger notifications
Click below to see how to set your settings to friends only on Facebook
putting your settings to friends only.pdf
Please contact the school with any further information around E-Safety