The Internet has become part of our everyday lives and is now easier to access than ever before, but using the Internet can also have risks.

Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.

These dangers can include:

  • viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
  • giving out personal information
  • arranging to meet an online ‘friend’
  • becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
  • spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
  • copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.

Training sessions highlighting the dangers of the internet have been given to staff and parents and pupils are made aware on a regular basis via school assemblies and via the curriculum.

Warning re OMEGLE

Parents and Carers need to be aware of the above website that is deemed by the Safeguarding Team at the LA as ‘risky’.  The site encourages ‘talk with strangers worldwide’ and pupils can access the site via other sites such as Justin Bieber and/or One Direction.  The people on the site are of concern and could be perceived to be predatory.

Warning re ‘Amino’

A recent investigation has highlighted an app called ‘Amino’.  The app allows users to create a profile where they can pretend to be a character, cartoon, vampire etc and they can discuss fantasies.  The app appears very child like with colourful cartoon characters and could be quite easily overlooked by parents.  The site appears to revolve around fantasy role play and would be an ideal tool for use by perpetrators wishing to contact or groom victims.