E-safety is important to us here at Stanstead. Every half term, each class has a safeguarding discussion and e-safety is included as part of that lesson. On this page we have some links that parents may find useful for E-safety.
Momo Challenge - advice for parents and carers
You may have read in the press about a new online cyber bullying game which urges children and vulnerable people to undertake dangerous tasks including self-harm.
We would strongly recommend that you speak to your children regularly about new games and apps and the risks they can present. This ‘game’ conceals itself within other harmless looking games, and software such as You Tube. Our advice, as always, is to supervise the games your children play and be extremely mindful of the videos they are watching on YouTube. Furthermore, ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content,
The Momo Challenge is a form of cyberbullying where the sinister Momo character asks to be contacted through a social media site and then asks the person to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm. There is a disturbing image of Momo online that parents should make themselves familiar with.
Here is a link for Parentzone and an article to brief parents on the "Momo Challenge". This is a short "3 minute" briefing that we encourage parents and carers to read.
Other links and support
As a school we would encourage parents / carers to take a few minutes to take on board some top tips via the following links,
Here's a link for CEOP with information on Child Exploitation and On-Line protection.
DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approximately every 6 weeks.
Internet matters offers information, advice and support to keep children safe online. " What age specific advice is available for my child? Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what your children might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible."
Here is a link for NSPCC and a wealth of information on on-line safety. As parents, it’s all too easy sometimes to hand over a device to a child for that few minutes peace but there can be devastating consequences if they are left unsupervised. The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. That’s why it’s important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to. The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps. If you are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with your children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.
Below are a series of parent guides produced by National Online Safety to give bite-sized overviews on common games and apps, highlighting age restrictions and risks.
Please also see below our school e-safety policy.
If having explored this material you have concerns that we can help you with, please reach out to your child's teacher.