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Please inform all students that if they have downloaded the following App to delete it immediately:
This App has been brought to the attention of Merseyside Police as certain undesirable groups are looking to use it as a way of exploiting vulnerable youngsters
The internet is a wonderful resource and our aim is to help make it a great and safe place for your child to support their learning and add to their experiences. Each pupil studies an E-Safety unit as part of their IT course at KS3. Also, we have safeguards in place to ensure that students are safe online and can use this tool responsibly.
NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign - http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keepingchildren - is a great way to engage with parents about how sometimes children and young people share too much information online.
NSPCC’s Net Aware campaign http://www.net-aware.org.uk/# - a great tool for parents and school staff to understand better the range of social media apps that children and young people of all ages are currently using. Net Aware allows you type in the name of an app (as well as seeing an A-Z listing of all apps that they have reviewed) and see what the app does and the risks associated with that app. So if you want to know all about tumblr, Keek and ooVoo, for example, check out Net Aware.
Merseyside Police have produced Top Tips for staying safe online, just click the link below to see:
ooVoo is a new App that parents need to be aware of. It is a new video chat app that lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. Like many other sites and apps, ooVoo is used by both adults and children. This means that children can be directly contacted by an adult they don’t know. Furthermore, activity on services such as ooVoo is often adult in nature.
CEOP recommends that sites such as ooVoo should only be used by young people aged over 13, who have set their privacy settings to only allow contact with people they know and trust in the real world. For more information and guidance please follow the links below:
Parents and students can get advice and support regarding internet safety on the following sites: