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Net Aware

Following on from our Class Dojo posts about online safety, I thought you might be interested in the app Net Aware. It is available to download through the Apple App Store or Google. It’s produced by the NSPCC and is a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games. You can learn about privacy settings and safety guidelines. It gives you minimum ages for each app. How easy it is to sign up, report abuse and adjust privacy settings. You can also find out how likely your child is to come across inappropriate content. It’s a really useful little app to have. Hope it helps.

Musical.ly

It has been brought to our attention that a free app called musical.ly contains adult material and could cause safeguarding issues.

Musical.ly is a social network for sharing user-generated music and videos. Many children enjoy the ‘lip-sync’ element of the app as well as browsing videos created by others. Videos are generally shared between groups of friends and can be saved as private, but the other content is freely available and is not ‘policed’.

The app’s terms and conditions states that it is not to be used by children under the age of 13. The terms and conditions say that it is intended for users over the age of 18.

In addition, musical.ly links directly to another app entitled live.ly which has no safety settings and permits anybody to enter into a conversation with your child. Through this, they are at serious risk of being exposed to extremely inappropriate content and conversations.

There are current ongoing investigations with the police andCEOP into claims of grooming via this app. We consider this to be a valid threat to the safety of young people using musical.ly and would encourage parents to consider the removal of the app from their devices.

We would recommend that parents access the following links to make informed decisions regarding allowing your child to use Musical.ly and other similar sites:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-music-video-community

Explained – What is musical.ly?

What parents need to know about musical.ly

Musical.ly app review – Okay for kids?

Is Musical.ly Safe For Kids?

http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-music-video-community

Explained – What is musical.ly?

What parents need to know about musical.ly

Musical.ly app review – Okay for kids?

Is Musical.ly Safe For Kids?

http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically

Open Day

Do you have a child who was born between 1 September 2012 and 31st August 2013?

Now is the time to consider which school to send them to.

The closing date for applications is 16th January 2017

More information can be found at http://www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning/school_education/applying_for_a_school_place/primary_school_places.aspx

You are invited to our New Parents’ Open Morning

Tuesday 22nd November 9.30 – 11.30am                                            Thursday 24th November 9.30 – 11.30am

This will be an opportunity for you and your child to see our wonderful school in action and meet our amazing staff.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Brookland Family