Keeping Safe on Youtube:
Policies, safety and reporting, YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/topic/2676378?hl=en&ref_topic=6151248
Privacy complaint process, YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/142443
YouTube Kids parental guide, YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtubekids/#topic=6130504
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has a range of resources for parents on internet safety: ttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged, BBC News, 10 November 2017
Get children's tech Set Up Safe with new guides
The go to for teachers and parents has to be CEOP:-
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.
Tackling the Online Trolls
We have discovered a game through the media and our safeguarding updates, that we feel you should be aware of. As you know from my previous communication we have a duty of care for our children and are striving to do all we can to ensure that you are given the latest information to help safeguard our young people.
It is called ‘The Blue Whale Game’ and is played via many social media platforms. Players are given a master who controls them for 50 days and each day they are given a task to complete. One task might be to wake up in the middle of the night or watching horror movies and they steadily escalate with another task being for them to self-harm and scratch a blue whale somewhere on their body. On the 50th day the masters behind the game instruct the young people to commit suicide and sadly across the world some have done this.
To reiterate the most important messages about keeping safe online:
ü Follow the age restrictions
ü Put privacy settings on
ü Don’t participate in anonymous chat
ü Block, delete and report users or posts that worry you.
ü As parents, keep the conversation going on at home; talk to your child about what they are doing online
Please continue to be vigilant and support us in keeping all our young people safe and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.