E-safety at Sun Academy Bradwell
Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We are also keen to support parents/carers to improve their own understanding of online safety issues, so you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.
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Latest items/news to look out for:
Ten popular children’s apps parents are being told to watch out for amid danger concerns
Police are telling parents to be aware of ten potentially dangerous apps, this comes amid fears children could be exposed to danger online. Parents have also been told to stay up to date with the latest online trends to increase awareness of cyber safety.
The below list is not exhaustive, but these are the apps that have been outlined for potential danger:
1. Calculator App Lock – This app might look like a calculator, but it actually functions as a secret photo vault. Calculator App Lock hides your most private photos and videos in plain sight, as it is disguised as a humble calculator. Other similar apps include Secret Calculator Vault and Calculator & Photo Lock Vault.
2. Omegle – Omegle is one of the most recognisable names on the list. The service is a free online chat website that promotes chatting anonymously to strangers. Omegle, which was launched in 2009, randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they can chat anonymously to people around the world.
3. Yubo – Formally known as Yellow, this app has been criticised for encouraging young users to swap texts and photos with nearby strangers, with a similarity to adult dating apps like Tinder. Users swipe other users they are interested in and swap selfies with each other. The app has been criticised as it may encourage the trading of naked photos.
4. Whisper – Whisper is an app created to promote sharing secrets and meeting new people, with the service allowing users to post and share private photo and video messages anonymously.
5. Ask.fm – This app, launched in 2010 has been linked to the most severe forms of cyber-bullying as it allows users to ask and answer questions anonymously. The site came under fire following the deaths of two English teenagers who committed suicide after they were bullied on the site.
6. Hot or Not – the basic concept of Hot or Not needs no explanation, but if you’re unfamiliar, the aim of the game is to upload your pictures and get rated by other users.
7. Burnbook – This anonymous gossip app, named after the book in teen comedy Mean Girls, is arguably the most harmful of the ten, as it’s designed to post anonymous rumors via audio, messages, texts and photos. You can then share this to other school communities within 10 miles. Naturally this has caused mass complaints of cyber-bullying, even leading to iTunes and Google Play removing the app from their online stores.
8. Wishbone – Another app that allows users to compare items, this leads to children competing against each other by rating themselves on a scale.
9. Kik Messenger – You can also join special groups and video chat using the app, allowing access to external web content that would be filtered when using a home computer. Kik is known for its features preserving users’ anonymity, such as allowing users to register without providing a telephone number.
10. Instagram – This photo sharing social media app allows users to have and use more than one account, this means children normally have an account for family and one for friends.
Click here to view our e-safety policy.
Acceptable use agreements can be found in the appendices of the e-safety policy.
Should you have an queries regarding e-safety at Sun Academy Bradwell please speak to Mr MacDonald or Mrs Caisley.
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