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We have joined together with the National Online Safety (NOS) Campaign so together we can make it our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that through engaging Online Safety resources and through equipping parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers, we can together make a difference.


The NOS provides guides for parents as part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign and it is viewed as one of the most trusted and reputable learning resources in the UK, providing expert advice on the latest platforms and online risks that parents and carers need to know about.


We shall be sharing these weekly guides with parents every Wednesday via our Parent Hub App and they are also available below. 

Parents and Carers Guide to Minecraft

Minecraft is a beloved classic of modern gaming. First released in 2011, this open-ended ‘sandbox’ game of building and exploration still has over 140 million players who happily return to play it at least once every month. Minecraft has also been utilised for much more than just entertainment: it’s sometimes used in schools to teach children coding, and it's also employed as a tool for computer-aided design, which is another valuable skill. Encouraging creativity and problem solving, Minecraft has plenty to offer gamers of all ages, and it's available on almost all video game platforms.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as in-game purchases, addiction and chatting with strangers.

This week's guides.....

E SAFETY ALERTS

HUGGY WUGGY ONLINE SAFETY WARNING

We would like to make you aware about a game called Huggy Wuggy. Some of the features of this game sound quite worrying and definitely not appropriate for children under 7.

We want to warn parents to be extra vigilant over the seemingly fun videos that actually feature a menacing character with razor-sharp teeth.

The animated character goes by the friendly name of Huggy Wuggy, leading parents and children to believe the videos are aimed at youngsters and contain no inappropriate material. This is also slipping through parental filters.

The blue bear-like creature chases and threatens other characters in nightmarish scenarios, leaving many children upset and frightened.

The character is from a survival horror game called Poppy Playtime, but has been made into popular videos which appear on YouTube and have seemingly slipped through parental controls.

The Huggy Wuggy character has also been recreated on Roblox, a virtual community where users can create their own 3D worlds with their own game players.

If you are worried about your child watching these videos, please speak to your child's class teacher

SQUID GAMES

Netflix’s Squid Game is set to become the streaming service’s most successful show of all time, with huge numbers of viewers taking to social media to discuss each new episode. The South Korean thriller features some scenes of fairly brutal violence and is rated 15 by the BBFC. It follows a group of adults who compete to win innocent-looking playground games, but who are killed if they do not succeed at the tasks.

Squid Game’s 15 rating has not prevented clips and images from the show being uploaded onto social media sites such as TikTok, with the #SquidGame hashtag being viewed more than 22.8 billion times. There have been reports of children who have accounts on these platforms inadvertently viewing gory, explicit scenes from the programme, and parents and carers should be mindful of the prevalence of these uploads. 

 

Chad Wild Clay

 

A Youtuber called Chad Wild Clay posts You Tube videos that look and sound very child friendly but when you watch them they are actually about weapons - knives, knuckle gloves that can have blades attached, concealed knives in everyday objects.

 

The most concerning thing is that these videos are targeting younger children and there is no age restriction attached.  If parents glanced at the video they could think it is suitable for their child to watch as it is just like the videos where children are opening surprise toys.

 

Fortnite

 

Please could parents be aware that the game does feature violence, in-game purchasing, and also the option for group chat, which is unfiltered and accessible to strangers. 

As with any age restricted programs  our guidance is to avoid the game.

 

 

Houseparty

 

This group video chat is a video-focused social media app.  Friends (and friends of friends) can communicate with each other via live video and texts.  There is no screening and the video is live, there's always the possibility of inappropriate content for children

 

 

Further Guidance

Online safety guidance:

 

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

 

 

If you have any safeguarding concerns then please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance or Mrs L Wilson, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, on enquiries@bracebridge.lincs.sch.uk


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