Some schools in the LA have reported that parents have shared a letter which is being circulated on Facebook about the dangers of Roblox. Roblox is a game aimed at children, and because it does allow communication between users it can cause issues with privacy and bullying, much like many other apps.
The LA have found that in general warning parents about a particular app does not always make children safer as they may then use another app which could well be even less safe. The LA have given us 2 letters to distribute to parents, a generic letter explaining about all apps and also a second letter about Roblox.
The free Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine is available from https://parentzone.org.uk/Digital-Parenting-Magazine-order-here
Personal support is available from the NSPCC working with O2 through the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 8005002
Setting Up Devices Safely
In school we regularly teach the children about Internet Safety, how to keep themselves safe and report anything that troubles them.
Here are some links to sites with advice and activities promoting E-Safety. Most sites have areas for parents and children.
If you have any concerns or want further advice please contact school.
Advice for parents about You Now app and Live Streaming
YouNow is a fairly new app that allows users over the age of 13 to stream live video and receive comments from viewers. Broadcasters (the children using the app) are encouraged to become popular and to create content that will attract more viewers. There is also a system for buying a currency to virtually tip broadcasters. Videos created could be copied and stored. Durham Police have been made aware as a result of an ongoing case that paedophiles may be encouraging children to expose themselves, and are then involved in swopping images generated.
Further advice is available at http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-younow . Parents of primary aged children will want to ensure that their children do not have access to this app and that older children are aware of the possible dangers.