E-Safety – Warning! Autumn Term 2017

E-Safety – Warning!

Autumn Term 2017

As soon as your child is using a computer, a mobile phone, or any mobile device, it’s
time to talk to them about online behaviour, safety, and security.  Working with our colleagues at Devon & Cornwall Police and other local schools we are committed to keeping young people safe.

Each month we receive details of more apps which we will share with parents to help keep all our children and young people safe

Say Hi

This app is PEGI 18 rated however children are still using the service.  Users can utilise the video messaging and live video chat with their new friends, which is being branded as “meet face to face before you meet face to face!” live streaming is a growing method of grooming, any app which supports this feature is a potential issue for children.

Chat Hour

Allows users to meet and chat with locals and people from all over the world.  The youngest age that can be imputed in to the app to create a profile is 13 years.  It is being used effectively as a dating/hook up site.  During the course of an investigation into a Registered Sex Offender he admitted further offences that centre around the use of a chat room called “chat hour”. Some children have been asked for indecent images on this app.

Sarahah

This app works on exactly the same premise as Sayat.me allowing users to receive anonymous feedback about anything they request.  This app has been showcased in tech magazines recently.  There is no guidance about bullying or harassment in their user terms and conditions and no clear reporting routes.

ChatiW

Hots free chat rooms without registration providing users with maximum functionality to simplify the search for contacts and discussions in real time.  Allows you to find relationships quickly.  There is a possibility to interrupt a discussion group at any time to start a private conversation.  This app is PEGI 18 rated.

Calculator%

This private photo calculator app is designed to help people hide photos and videos behind an innocent looking calculator app.  Here are many versions of this; secret calculator, secret calculator vault and smart hide calculator to name a few.

This app looks like a typical calculator app but once you enter a passcode inside the app you unlock the true purpose of the app: typically to store inappropriate content.  All files are securely stored in the app and cannot be viewed in the default iphone camera roll.

If a young person has more than one calculator app on their device, that’s a sign a vault app may be used.  Whatever is stored inside the vault app will not be accessible in the photo gallery where photos and videos are normally stored.

PEGI – Pan European Game Information

These sites are a growing trend and Police have advised parents to be vigilant and to spend time talking with their child about the app.  If necessary, delete it and block the websites.

www.commonsensemedia.org provides parents with independent advice about film/game ratings and information about different types of media.

The NSPCC have launched a social media guide for parents and carers.  The site, run in partnership with O2, includes tips showing how to help your child block or report someone and is a guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by children and young people www.net-aware.org.uk

For advice on speaking with your child about on-line security and safety https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/

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