ONLINE SAFETY - Info for Parents
Below you will find links to helpful documents and websites to inform you of current issues regarding online safety.
What parents and carers need to know about social bots - guide from National online safety
Around one in every three people has been fooled (even if only briefly) into thinking a social media bot was a real person. Evidence suggests that bots are increasingly being used on social platforms to artificially amplify the popularity of a person or movement, to influence political outcomes and as accessories in phishing scams – so their ability to deceive us is becoming more of a concern.
Twisting public debate, disrupting online courtesy and – in some cases – jeopardising human wellbeing are among the more worrying threats that bots can pose. In our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week, you’ll find useful tips on how to identify bots on social media – including giveaways like odd usernames, unusual patterns of posting and dubious profile pictures.
Please find full guide attached below.
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the new kid on the block - What parents need to know about the Monkey app
What is it?
Monkey is a social networking app that allows users to video chat with other users randomly chosen by the app. Once downloaded, the app will the user’s name, age, user name, gender, and phone number. After that, the app begins connecting the user with someone to video chat with, by pairing them by age groups and other variables such as hashtags. The user can skip or accept a connection. The calls typically last 15 seconds, but if the users are both enjoying the interaction, they can request more time by tapping the countdown clock on the screen. For the conversation to continue, both chatters must do this.
Read more here: Link to more information on this app
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Be Share Aware - keep children safe online.
We tell children it's good to share - but sharing online is different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous and that's why we're asking parents to be Share Aware - to keep children safe online. However, we can’t do this alone and we need your help to spread the word.
Share Aware is for parents and carers of children aged 8-12 providing straightforward, simple advice to help untangle the web, understand what their children may be doing online, and feel confident in talking to them about how to stay safe.
We know many parents feel confused by the internet. But we also know that having conversations early helps build trust and openness. Our campaign aims to equip parents with the tools to do so.
What can you do?
Visit the Share Aware homepage - here you can find top tips for being Share Aware and view our no-nonsense guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use - based on the experience of parents and young people themselves.
Help us spread the word - we want all parents to know how to be Share Aware, and we need your help to do so. Please share our short video on social media and help us get #ShareAware trending or tell your family and friends to tune in to Coronation Street tonight to watch a special showing of the video in the break.
The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
Campaigns Manager NSPCC
Find out more about the campaign or watch the videos at: www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware
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