Please be aware of a chat room application called Discord. This app is commonly used by gamers to talk to each other whilst gaming. Users can send direct messages to one another or listen in to larger group chats. Connecting with friends is easy - users can simply join an existing gaming server or send an email invitation to start a new one. Most significantly, you do not have to download an app to use it as it can be accessed via any browser and is free to use.
The Discord social networking tool is geared towards adults, not children and young people, so it is imperative that parents remain vigilant if their children are using this app, or any one like it.
The link below provides more information about Discord, with some parental advice relating to the app.
What does your child read before bed? Bullying shouldn't be part of their bedtime routine. Tuesday 6th February is Safer Internet Day 2018 - and the launch of the new PAPYRUS campaign #BedtimeStories. We need to raise awareness of the impact of online bullying and create greater online safety for children and young people.
The breadth of issues classified within Online Safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
Where to report?
Hateful or sexually inappropriate content
You can report directly to the content provider, such as a social media or online video provider, asking them to remove hate-filled or overly sexualised content.
Most social media platforms have simple processes in place for reporting inappropriate content. Try searching for 'Report', or look through their terms and conditions, or Help section.
ParentPort is run by the UK's media regulators and allows you to make complaints about online content, wherever you find it. Visit www.parentport.org.uk
True Vision is a police-funded site that provides information about hate crime. You can report all forms of hate crime, including online content, at www.report-it.org.uk. This inlcudes racial, homophobic, transphobic, religious or disability hate crime.
Mobile phone content
You can report any unsuitable online content – film, still images or even plain text – that a child sees using their mobile phone to your mobile operator. If the mobile operator requires further advice, the query will be passed to the British Board of Film Classification
Inappropriate contact with an adult online
If you know or suspect that a child has been communicating with an adult online and you are concerned that they are in danger, report it to CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency: www.ceop.police.uk
Radicalisation and Extremism
If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police either through your local police station or calling 999. You can also report to the confidential anti-terrorist helpline on 0800 789 321.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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