Please note the links are in the titles.

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If your child asks you if they can use an app, or if you discover an app on their device that you don’t recognise, it is worth looking it up on Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media will tell you what the app is about, it will inform you of any concerns, and you will be able to look at reviews left by other parents.

There have been many media reports this week about Netflix’s Squid Game. This is currently the most watched show in 90 countries and nearly all episodes of the ’15’ rated show contain violent and gruesome scenes.

This is what Common Sense Media has to say:
‘Parents need to know that the level of violence is very intense in Squid Game. Characters are systematically tortured and killed for the sadistic pleasure of a game master. Adults have sex, and there are threats of sexual violence: Women are grabbed by the hair and beaten. Themes concerning the highs one gets from gambling, winning, or conning money are a main focus’.

It is also worth noting that the games from the film feature on Tik Tok.

Common Sense Media

In SQUID GAME, 47-year-old Gi-hun lives with his mother and sometimes works as a chauffeur. After stealing his mother’s debit card, withdrawing her savings, and taking it to a gambling den, he’s hunted down by debt collectors who threaten to take his kidney and his eye if he doesn’t come up with the money he owes within a month.

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week, originally set up in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
The educate.against.hate website from the DfE has resources  for teachers and parents and can be found in the title link.

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Age-specific related information created specifically for parents.  It includes information to set up devices.

The latest edition of the E-safety magazine ‘DITTO’ is now available.
This month’s edition includes:
–  What is the biggest online risk?
–  Are changes coming?
–  What is online disinhibition?
–  Online grooming increasing
–  Children talking to strangers

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre Prep and Junior School/ Designated Safeguarding Lead