'48 hour missing challenge for youngsters'
A new challenge appears to be circulating recently on a number of social media platforms that young people frequent. This is known as the “48 Hour Challenge” and involves youngsters joining in challenges to go missing for 48 hours. The UK Safer Internet Centre have posted information on their website and is summarised here:
The so called "48 hour missing challenge" appears to have arisen following recent reports of young people going missing.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is not currently aware of any evidence to directly link such disappearances with an online challenge.
When such stories arise it taps into parents' fears, causing a ripple effect. This can prompt intrigue among young people that may have the adverse effect of leading them into exploring the very harmful behaviours that we are trying to protect them from.
We would advise parents and carers to have an open and honest conversation<https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/have-conversation> with their children. Ask your children about what they're seeing online and be prepared to talk about some difficult topics around negative influences online.
For more information about our advice around online challenges visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/online-challenges-advice-parents
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This part of our website is designed to give advice to both children and parents/carers on how to stay safe on the internet. There are many sites which offer information useful both at home and at school. Please have a look and check out the links below.
You can report any sort of internet abuse wherever you see these CEOP links - ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN RECOGNISE THE 'EYE' SYMBOL AND KNOW THEY CAN ALSO MAKE A REPORT
|CEOP help keep children safe online.|
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means they are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
By clicking on the 'CEOP' button you can make an official report if you feel someone has acted inappropriately towards you online or a young person that you know. It may be sexual chat or being asked to do something you feel uncomfortable about or someone insistant on meeting up. Visit the website for more information, advice and support.
At Littletown all children in KS1 and KS2 together with the staff sign an I.C.T. 'Acceptable Use Policy' to help keep them safe. Click on the links below to view our policies.
Childnet is charity that works with young people all over the world, to help them understand how to stay safe, when using the internet. The website is full of information and good advice. Click on the 'Childnet International' bar above to visit their site.
A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED free download giving parental control over internet access and control. Click on the image above to visit the download page. Even when parental controls are used it is always a good idea to check the browser 'history' on your child's device. Occasionally things can slip through no matter how vigilant we are.
The Terms and Conditions of Facebook state that a user must be 13 or over. If you are aware your child has an account please -
Childnet have produced a privacy guide about 'Graph Search'- Facebook’s newest feature to help people explore content on the site. The guide will help you check what other people can see about you. Click here for the Childnet link or visit www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch/privacy
|Visit the Kidsmart site they have information for both children and adults including the SMART rules|
The BBC has some fantastic resources with lots of activities - check it out. Digiduck is for the younger children. AVG have created Magda & Mo, which includes interactive stories and advice for parents again for younger children. There is also an Ipad app called 'Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure' for pre school children.
Alternatively 'ThinkUKnow' is a really important site and has a lot of information catering for all ages including exciting cartoon adventures for young children.
At school all the windows 7 computers/laptops have 'Hector the Protector' installed. This is a safety button in the form of a dolphin which the children are encouraged to click on if they see something which upsets them or is inappropriate. If you wish to download and use Hector at home please follow the following link, the 'Safety Button' is to be found down the left hand side:-