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·      When you purchase a device, take it out of the box before you give it to your child. Go onto the settings section where you can restrict or disable features so   

       your children cannot download unsuitable applications or content e.g. videos. A good site to support you with setting controls is: 

·      Make sure that the account on the tablet/phone is set up by a parent or carer, so that they can authorise content that is downloaded. This is important if they 
       want to download any additional content called ‘In App Purchases’ (IAP).

·      Look at the age ratings for applications as some might not be suitable for your child. The same goes for access to popular sites such as You Tube, Snapchat 
       and Tik Tok.

·      Talk to your children about using cameras and video chat facilities. If someone acts inappropriately, then make sure they tell you immediately. Also, ensure they 
       use these features sensibly and don’t take unsuitable images and share them with people they don’t know.

·      If you are buying a smartphone for your child, talk to the mobile provider about parental controls. These might not be automatically switched on, so you may         
       need to look at the providers website for support.

·      Games consoles such as Xbox’s and Playstations are very popular with primary aged children. The key issue with video games is the suitability of a number of 
       titles as they are rated in the same way as films. Therefore, major releases before Christmas such as Call of Duty: Modern Welfare (rated 18), Star Wars Jedi 
      (rated 16), NFS Heat (rated 16) all have 16+ ratings. A useful site to find about the content of games can be found here: 
If you would like to download simple sheets, please visit:  
Tim Pinto BA(Hons) MA PGCE
Parent tips leaflet for purchasing new tech devices for Christmas is available here: 

Online Safety Booklet - guidance for parents

Call of Duty - Parents Guide

Grand Theft Auto guidance for parents


The School Nursing Team have suggested that we share the following information with you:


"Many of you may be aware of the risks and concerns around children playing the online game Fortnite, which has a 12 rating but is played by much younger children.


We have been made aware of an emerging trend, where people are playing strip Fortnite using webcams. The rule is that when you achieve a “kill” you have to strip off, potentially adding an additional risk from children being exposed to and/or sharing indecent images whilst playing the game.



Please follow the link to find out more about Instagram and the risks children face when using it:

Screen Addiction

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week, the online safety team have created a FREE guide for schools to share with its community about ‘Screen Addiction’ – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe.

The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’.

More info at :

Many thanks for your support,
The National Online Safety Team

National Online Safety
T: 0800 368 8061
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28th June

Dear Parent/Carer,


As you will be aware, social networking has becoming increasingly popular with children and young people.


The most common way to use these is by downloading an App to a tablet or smartphone. Recently, there has been increasing concern with the use of the following Apps and it is important that if your child is using these, then you read the following information.


Snapchat (Software Update – ‘SnapMaps’)


A new feature of this App now includes a map feature (Snap Maps) that lets users track other people’s location in real time. It means that friends and other ‘Snapchaters’ can see where they are and what they are doing.


As part of the new feature, there is a ‘Ghost Mode’ which enables you to hide your location on Snap Maps. To turn this on, please follow these instructions:


Click On – SnapMaps – Settings (Top Right) – Click on – ‘Ghost Mode’ &


Recently, Channel 4 News investigated concerns over paedophiles targeting children using these two Apps. is a popular music App where ‘musers’ can sing along to popular songs and upload them to the site and individuals can comment and share the videos. is made by the same company and is a live streaming App where you can broadcast and communicate with others.


The report found that girls as young as 9 years old were being bombarded with requests to remove their clothing and change into sexy outfits. There was a number of very sexually explicit comments made to other girls using the Apps and the journalist who investigated found no moderation on the site.


We do know that a large number of our children are using these Apps so it is important that you talk to your child and monitor usage. Most importantly, if they get a question or request that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should speak to a responsible adult immediately. also has some privacy controls which can be accessed via the settings option.



K. Cartwright

Manston Primary School

Dennil Road


LS15 8SD

0113 2645445

Please read below an important safety message from West Yorkshire Police regarding the recently released Pokemon Go game





As you may be aware the ‘POKÉMON GO’ game has recently been released in the UK. As a result of this a number of concerns have been raised for the safety of individuals pursuing characters within the game.


It is possible that during the summer break, young players may have more time and freedom to roam in pursuit of their quest. As a result of this they may not put into practice the messages which we deliver with regards to their personal safety and the safety of others.



The app allows people to set up a ‘beacon’ which can then encourage other users to reach a specific venue and we are concerned it could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims. There have (allegedly) already been similar incidents in America.



Our advice to players would be:

·         Be cautious to alerting strangers to where you will be in the future

·         Be careful where you leave ‘beacons’

·         Parents should supervise children when using the app

·         Always pay attention to your surroundings and especially do not play in areas where traffic runs through or in dangerous locations such as around water, cliff tops, craggy outcrops and mountainous regions.

·         Where possible play with friends and stay in a group and have at least one of your friends as a ‘lookout’

·         Play at home -  you can use lures to attract Pokémon to you

·         Keep your device safe and out of sight – your phone will vibrate when a Pokémon is near


The makers of the game have said:

“We encourage all people to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends or family, especially when you are exploring unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times”.