It is no secret that the internet can be a dangerous place for children. We need to work together to make online safety more effective for them. There are solutions available which help with internet safety- the dangers of the internet are probably more easily avoided than you think.
However, if we do not take the steps to prevent the dangers of the internet effecting children and teenagers then the threats to them soon become very real.
Considering recent news, online suicide games seem to be becoming more and more of an issue with the likes of ‘blue whale’ being spoken about and even becoming a viral post. Games that promote self -harm and violence are easily accessed and the people behind these games purposely target vulnerable internet users such as children and teenagers who are at an impressionable age. There have been claims that the suicides allegedly linked to ‘blue whale’ are in fact fake news, however this should not shadow the seriousness of the game itself and how this type of news can be just as problematic as it can prompt ‘copycat’ behaviour.
Do you really know what your child gets up to online? Have you adjusted the parental settings in games such as Roblox to eliminate the possibility of strangers communicating with your child? Online multiplayer games which have in game chat facilities are a lot of fun for children as they can communicate with friends online but who else are they able to communicate with? These are things parents and teachers alike should be looking out for.
For more information about games and hashtags you should warn young people to avoid, and for more information about them in general, look at the article by one of our E-safety partners -NetSupport. It discusses the problems with these online games whether authentic or not and how even fake news can prompt “copycat” behaviour. http://ow.ly/UIwT30bAU6u
If you are worried about the safety of your schools’ internet then please do not hesitate to contact Odyssey Education on: 01582 437 136 or alternatively email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We work extensively with select E-safety and Internet Security partners such as NetSupport, Fortinet, Sophos and Smoothwall to provide services and solutions to solve any issue you may have regarding safety of the internet.