There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
Students learn about all aspects of e-safety during their ICT, PSHE and Welsh Baccalaureate lessons at school. However it is important that parents and carers know how to protect their children online as well.
We subscribe to these newsletters which parents and carers may find useful. The back issues are available to download here and we will upload more as we get them.
Facebook & MSN can be fantastic online tools for staying in touch with friends. However they can also make it very easy for other people to get hold of important information about you. Below are some instructions to help you check your Privacy on Facebook and MSN. Before we get to that though – here are some important things to remember:
People are not “friends” on Facebook or MSN unless they are also “friends” in real life. Don’t share anything about yourself unless you really, truly, hand-on-heart know who you are talking to – and you trust them.
Make sure your password is hard to guess and has a mix of letters and numbers in it. If someone guesses your password they can hack into your accounts.
Turn off your webcam and microphone when you’ve finished a conversation – otherwise your contacts can record you talking, videos and pictures of you.
If anything online makes you uncomfortable – report it. You can download easy CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) buttons for most browsers here.
If you use MSN you should check your privacy settings. Here’s how:
This takes you on to the internet and logs you onto Windows Live online.
This video shows how to check and change Privacy settings on Facebook. This is important as many applications (such as MSN and on various mobile phones) allow you to import all your contacts and settings from Facebook.
Internet Safety is an important topic. This page is intended to help parents find out more. The presentation below from CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is a good introduction for parents on the issues and how you can help keep your children safe online.
CEOP have created tools that can be downloaded for major internet browsers so you can report any problems or concerns immediately.
We will be adding more to this page soon – please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know.