23rd February 2021: Keeping children safe online--Omegle
23rd February 2021
A website currently rising in popularity is 'Omegle', unfortunately for the wrong reasons, and as such is being mentioned frequently on school online safety pages/blogs.
"Omegle is a website that pairs random strangers for live text or video chats. It first launched in 2009 and its slogan is “Talk to strangers!” There is an option for adult (18+) content and a section for people aged 13+ with parental permission. Anyone can use the site. Users simply go to Omegle.com and then choose ‘Text’ or ‘Video’ chat and the page states how many users are currently online. Depending on the time of day this can be hundreds of thousands. Omegle markets itself as a great way to meet new friends however has been known to feature pornography and inappropriate content within chats, so it’s important parents are aware of the risks associated with the site." (National Online Safety Website)
Below is the National Online Safety guide explaining more about the website (can be clicked to access the original source if text is too small)
22nd February 2021: Online Hoaxes and Challenges
22nd February 2021
Lockdown has increased the number of 'online hoaxes' and 'online challenges' circulating on the internet. The government have responded and published a document which we are currently checking our Online Safety provision against, to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep children safe.
Ensuring your children know what a hoax is and how to identify one, which challenges are good to partake in and which aren't AND who they should speak to if they're not sure or need help is ESSENTIAL!
Attached are picture guides to help you address each one.