Keeping Safe on the Internet and Mobile Phones
If your child uses ‘Twitter’ on a mobile phone, do you realise that a total stranger can track exactly where they are? Here is some advice with regard to this, which could improve your child’s safety.
On mobile phones with global positioning facilities, there is a app called“Layar” which uses the phone’s in-built GPS and compass features to overlay local data. For example, the phone shows interesting local points of interest in the direction the phone user is facing at the time.
This app also has a layer called “Tweeps Around”, which can show, in the same way, all of the local Twitter users – if they have allowed active geotagging on their phones.
The phone user, using “Tweeps Around”, can see other phone users’ Twitter ID’s, the text of their last “tweet”, and their profile pictures. The phone user can then click on any one of them and select “Take Me There”, which automatically opens up a Google map to pinpoint precisely where they are and note the actual address of the building.
The advice is to ensure active geotagging is turned off.
We have been asked by East Renfrewshire Council Education Department to make you aware of the information below:-
A new initiative was launched this summer that will make young people safer when they are using Facebook, called the ‘ClickCEOP’ application.
If you have children or work with teenagers, you’ll know that many of them are active in this social networking site. You’ll also be aware that where children go online, so do those who seek to groom and abuse them.
CEOP and Facebook have developed a new free application or ‘app’ that will make young people safer within Facebook. ‘ClickCEOP’ is a new ‘app’ which links the young user and parent directly from their Facebook home page to help, advice and reporting facilities of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The ‘CLickCEOP’ app is a three stage application that asks young people to:
1. Add the app – and the ClickCEOP tab will appear at the top of your profile page
2. Share the badge – and you can share the app with your friends via their newsfeeds
3. Bookmark the app – and an icon will appear on your profile page making it easy for you to access the help and advice from the ClickCEOP app
By adding the app, young people and parents can get support from CEOP on a range of issues – viruses, hacking, dealing with bullying online and they can report someone who is acting inappropriately towards them online.
The ‘app’ is the outcome of collaboration between CEOP and Facebook who have combined Facebook’s expertise in connecting and communicating online with CEOP’s expertise in helping young people stay safe.
Once added to their profiles, young users will receive regular messages from CEOP and its partner organisations who operate ‘behind the button’ to make children safer. CEOP’s new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP<http://www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP> ) will also contain polls, news alerts and status updates. The page will look at topics that teenagers care about, such as celebrities, music and exams and will link these subjects to questions about online safety. The move is also being supported by an advertising campaign on Facebook that will encourage take up. This will include an automatic advert appearing on every profile of users aged between 13-18 years inviting them to add the app.
We would like to ask you that if you have a Facebook profile, app, share and bookmark the app. If children in your care are on Facebook, get them to search ‘ClickCEOP’ in Facebook and give them to chance to be one click away from help – if they should ever need it www.facebook.com/clickceop
Other useful websites are listed below;
|Think U Know||http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk|
|The Internet Safety Resource||http://www.fkbko.co.uk/|
|Get Safe Online||http://www.getsafeonline.org/|
|Be Safe Online||http://www.besafeonline.org|
|Have Fun – Stay Safe||http://www.havefunstaysafe.info/cms/|
|Know IT All||http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/|
|ERC Child Protection Information about Community and Online Safety||http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/2837/Child-Protection-Information-about-Community-and-Online-Safety|