Schools have been alerted to the potential dangers of using the app ‘House Party’. There is the chance that children could be exposed to inappropriate contact with strangers through this app.
The following information is useful guidance for pupils and parents. This is available online at Internet Safety Information “>Internet Safety Information
Keep Safe Online: What pupils need to know.
We all need to keep safe online: on our computers, devices, game consoles and on our mobile phones. This is a quick list of what you need to know to stay safe.
Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
Think carefully before posting pictures, videos or live streaming of yourself. Once you’ve put content of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
Never give out your passwords
Don’t befriend people you don’t know
Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
Think carefully about what you say before you share something online
Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the service or app, turn off your device and talk to a trusted adult. If anyone contacts you online in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult.
In some apps, your details might be shared with other people who are not your friends, but friends of someone else you are sharing with. Be aware, if you don’t know someone it’s best to leave the conversation.