Ivel Valley School

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The staff at Ivel Valley School are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety of our young people whilst online. The school uses the latest internet filtering technology and has regular training sessions for staff. The school Safeguarding Officer and the Network Manager work together to create and implement policies and safe practices.

The Safeguarding Training centre have issued the following Parent Factsheet:

YouTube safety factsheet to give information about inappropriate children’s videos.


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are wish to inform and warn you about a mobile app that is available both for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.

This app, called Yellow, is designed to help the user make connection with other people. The app has a PEGI rating of 18, meaning that it is only suitable for adults. The producers of the app claim it is aimed at ages 17+, but it appears that even if you register as being younger with the app, it will still install and run.

In use, the idea is that the user can post who they are, and what sort of person they are looking to contact. Other users can then see the posting and decide to respond. The app then links the users on Snapchat, and can then chat and exchange pictures. It works in the same way as the adult dating app “Tinder” works, where you swipe left to reject and swipe right to accept.

The clear danger is that predatory adults will create profiles that are attractive to children, and use this app to make contact and gain trust. It is known that many children have been asked to send inappropriate pictures to people they have made contact with through this app. One researcher claimed that she was asked for inappropriate photos within minutes of creating a test account, with a fake child’s details.

So please be aware of the use children in your care are making of their devices and social media.

I would also like to remind you that the place to report any inappropriate activity on the internet or social media is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency:


Gotta catch em all – SAFELY

The big craze this summer is Pokemon GO. Alan Earl, Harm Reduction Officer, from UK Safer Internet Centre partners, the South West Grid for Learning  explains a bit more about the app, the risks and what parents can do to avoid them. His excellent write-up is available here. One thing I would like to point out, is that some of the Pokemon are related to water. These are likely to be found in the proximity of lakes and rivers, which clearly have their own dangers, which should be discussed with children if they are going out to hunt for Pokemon.

Parent Workshops

The school has held a number of parent workshops to assist parents and carers who are interested in protecting the young people in their care whilst away from the school premises. Some of the handouts from the workshops are available here:

e-Safety Practical advice for parents

How to Make the Most of Windows 7 Parental Controls

How to set up Facebook privacy controls

How to set up Google Safe Search

How to set up parental controls on the Xbox 360

How to set up Youtube safety mode

Staying safe on social media and online

The Foundation for people with learning disabilities has published an excellent guide, called Staying Safe on social media and online. It can be found here

e-safety fact sheet

An e-Safety Fact Sheet for Parents, issued by E-Safety Support is here

Action Fraud alert

The National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre is an organisation that has been set up by the police to provide a central point for recording and monitoring fraud and cyber crime. They have recently issued this warning in an email:
This is a message sent via eCops. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

This alert is a reminder to be aware of emails that appear to have been sent from a legitimate organisation. Fraudsters often use fake email addresses designed to encourage recipients to open attachments or links. You are advised that if you are in any doubt as to the origin of an email, do not open it. Consider that emails can be spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide. If you receive a spam email, you MUST NOT open it. Instead, delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device. If you have opened an attachment from a spam email, you should get your device checked over by a professional and change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software.
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser.
  • If you have opened an attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.
  • Ensure Adobe, Flash and any similar software is up to date on your computer.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details. 



Useful Websites

These websites provide information for parents, carers and children: