GMP have made us aware of an issue involving children using the website Omegle.com or Omegle States (USA). It is an online chat room which needs no registration process whatsoever, and is often linked with other ‘copycat’ sites involving significant adult content. The site matches you with a stranger, and you simply click and go to start chatting, and this includes video chat. Please see the information sheet below for more detail, which highlights the risk of how easy it is for children to become vulnerable.
There have been two separate incidents this week involving female pupils (aged 11 and 9) engaging in highly inapropriate online activity with older males, and this has been reported to police by parents.
We know that the internet is a wonderful place, where children can learn and have fun. However, we are also aware that there are risks involved with allowing children unsupervised access to the World Wide Web. We teach our children about online safety throughout the school, in every class, every time they encounter e-learning, or have access to the Internet, and we know that you want your children to be safe too.
Our e-cadets are a group of children who meet together at lunchtimes to discuss online safety and to develop a strategy for keeping everyone safe in our school. They enter competitions, give support and advice to their classmates and help to teach others about online safety. They also help teachers and Governors make decisions about what the school should do to help children stay safe.
Below are some useful resources that you can access to help both you and your children stay safe on the Internet:
Childnet : information and games to help chidlren learn about online safety
Thinkuknow : information and leanring about online safety - including an easy report an incident button
KidSmart : games and activities to learn about online safety
UKSaferInternetCentre : tips and ideas to help you keep your children safe online