Online Safety Information
Urgent Information for Parents/Carers regarding and online threat – The Momo Challenge
It has come to our attention in school and across the media about a growing ‘suicide game’ called Momo.
Momo presents a haunting image of a woman with grotesque features and bulging eyes. Children receive a message request from an unknown number (usually within the Whatsapp app) which then proceeds to send graphic images and instructions to harm themselves and others - or she will ‘curse them’. Momo also tells the user that it’s a secret and that they are not to reveal anything to their parents or else something bad may happen. It is commonly being found within the Whatsapp chatting app but has also been found to appear in the middle of apparently harmless YouTube videos, which are popular with children (this is despite the proper parental controls being in place). This horrendous ’challenge’ has been linked to the death of a 12 year-old girl in Argentina.
We urge parents to maintain an open dialogue with children about what they are doing online and the dangers of viral trends like this one. It is important that, as parents, you are monitoring the things your children can access on the internet. This includes activating parental controls and checking your child’s search history. May we also remind you that Whatsapp has an age rating of 16, so children should not be using this app on their phones.
In supplying this information, we hope that you will be vigilant in managing your child’s online presence so that together we can try to protect them from this and similar online threats.
Please find below a link to an information sheet for parents giving information about the ‘Momo’ challenge. This was released by the National Online Safety team this week. We will also put a link to this on our school website: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/
Online Safety is very important. Children at Lowton West Primary use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and here at Lowton West we want to ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
In school, we have a filtering system in place to ensure that inappropriate material is blocked whilst children are accessing the Internet. We also have ‘Impero’ software installed which helps us regularly monitor computer usage.
The children are supervised whilst using the Internet and we ensure the children learn about Online Safety, online bullying and safe use of the Internet. We do this through planned lessons, Online Safety assemblies and themed weeks – such as our annual ‘Anti-bullying Week’ to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Children are made aware and reminded of our Online Safety rules regularly and these are displayed around school.
All parents are asked to discuss the Online Safety rules with their child and both parents and pupils are asked to sign an Internet agreement form.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet via mobile devices such as mobile phones, iPods, iPads and other tablet devices. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Online Safety Week 2019- Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Safer Internet Day is designed to promote safer and more responsible use of the internet.
This week we have been learning about how to stay safe on the internet. The theme this year was ‘consent’. The children have been thinking about how important it is to ask for and give consent whilst online.
The children have received an assembly which focused on how to use the internet safely and the importance of gaining/giving permission.
Miss S Bailey
Computing Subject Leader
Google Legends Assembly 21st November 2016
On Monday 21st November, children enjoyed a fantastic assembly led by the ‘Google’ team. The assembly was all about how the children can keep themselves safe on-line. The children also met Andy Burnham MP who was our guest visitor on this occasion. We would like to thank both the ‘Google’ team and Mr Burnham MP for their time and support with this important assembly.
Safer Internet Day 2016
This week children at Lowton West have been playing their part for a better and safer internet.
Miss Bailey would like to say a huge thank you to all the teachers and children this week for taking part in Safer Internet Day 2016. The work that has been produced is great and the posters look amazing!
The winners for the poster competition will be announced after the half term.
A special thank you to five members of the school council who played a big part in today’s assembly, you were fantastic!
If you wish to find out more about Safer Internet Day at Lowton West, please click on the presentation.
Congratulations to our Online Safety poster winners.
Posters will be displayed around our school and on the school website to help us to keep safe whilst on the internet.
E-SAFETY DAY 23rd OCTOBER 2015
All children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two enjoyed taking part in our E-Safety Day on Friday 23rd October, as part of our Healthy Lifestyles Week. We were visited in school by CEOP Ambassador Lesley Simm who led e-Safety Assemblies for both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
All children have been given information for parents regarding Games Consoles and PEGI ratings for games to help parents understand more about which games are suitable for children to play.
Children in Year 4, 5 and 6 were also given the Instagram Privacy and Safety Checklist leaflets.
Questions and Answers :
Under 13s and social media