Internet Safety and Online Consent
TIKTOK/SNAPCHAT/WHATSAPP/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM/YOUTUBE - Police Update September 2020
There is an extremely upsetting and highly graphic video currently trending on TikTok of a man live-streaming his suicide. Whilst TikTok have stated that they are doing their best to remove the video, it has been shared across many social media platforms hundreds of thousands of times including under fake captions. Some captions on TikTok are as trivial as 'look at the pasta I cooked tonight' before the video then plays; therefore children can come across the video without even searching for it.
This video is extremely distressing and we ask schools to pass this message to parents and carers (and to children as appropriate) so they can avoid the app whilst this video is in such high circulation.
We have also become aware that students have been sent the images on ‘Reddit’. Please discuss this with your child and check that any inappropriate material has been deleted from their phone. If your child has been upset by any of the images please let us know if they need any support.
Focus on Years 7 and 8
For students in year 7 and 8 coming to secondary school should be an exciting and happy time however for some it can be confusing and worrying. One reason for this is social media and inappropriate conversations in group chats. We urge all parents to discuss what they are using their phones for and what conversations are happening online. Below you will find some resources to help with this, aimed at parents they all discuss staying safe online with a focus each on different social media sites.
Update 28.02.2019 Momo Challenge
The Momo challenge has been discussed in the press and has affected some of our school community. Click on the image to the right for some advice relating to this upsetting online activity.
We are supporting Internet Safety Day on Tuesday the 5th of February with a week of assemblies. The theme this year is online consent with a focus on the data we are sharing online. Students will a presentation in assembly.
There are a number of parental resources which you might find useful