|Posted on 17 October, 2017 at 7:55||comments (1)|
We are putting out this post following our visit to a school yesterday. As most people know we are concerned about the popular app ROBLOX which is by far the most popular game played by children from 5 to 10 years of age.
We were talking to a very large group of year 1 students and we were shocked when over half of them said they were playing ROBLOX. When we spoke to Year 2 at least 70 percent of them were playing the game.
Most of these children then disclosed that they had online friends in ROBLOX that their parents didn’t know about. It got worse when many of the children stated they had received many in game messages from ‘strangers’ and that they hadn’t told their parents. All of the children then stated that they had seen ‘naked’ characters walking around the game and that the characters were doing very adult things.
The inappropriate content has been disclosed to us thousands of times by young children but we were previously unaware that the children were being sent numerous messages. When talking to Year 3 students they suggested that a lot of the messages are inappropriate. In all cases the children aren’t telling their parents.
Most of the young children we spoke to yesterday appear to have been talking to strangers in the game by using a headset to speak. The headset is usually just a normal set of ear pods that you would get bundled with an Apple device as opposed to a specific gaming accessory.
We would advise every parent to check their child’s ROBLOX account and look to see if they have friends that they do not know. Many of the children we spoke to yesterday said their accounts were ‘maxed out’ meaning they have 200 online friends.
We would also ask parents to check the child’s in game message inbox to check if they have been receiving inappropriate messages. We have included the most up to date app icon to make it easier for people to spot.
As people will know we have previously posted about this app and spoke of very concerning incidents.
PLEASE CAN EVERYONE SHARE THIS POST SO THAT PARENTS KNOW TO CHECK THEIR CHILDS ACCOUNT
|Posted on 16 February, 2017 at 6:50||comments (1)|
We are pleased to announce that we are running two new 'Safeguarding Children in the 21st Century' courses over the next few months.
Both courses are being run at the Wickford CLC in Wickford.
The dates are March 23rd and April 27th
Both courses are already almost fully sold out.
We are looking forward to running another Internet Safety Conference for PROVIDE at the Marconi Social Club in Chelmsford on Tuesday 7th March 2017.
We are also putting the finishing touches in place to enable us to finally release the date for the 2017 EST E Safety Training Conference.
This will be held at the Colchester Community stadium in June and we will soon release details of the event including details of some inspirational Key Speakers.
We are also about to announce a 'FREE' Parent event that will be delivered at a large venue in Essex over the next few months. This will be available exclusively to members of our Facebook Community and will identical to the smaller scale events we usually run within schools. Our intention is to present to parents that may have missed us at the numerous events we have run within schools.
If you want to stay very up to date with us and the things we are doing then please follow us on Facebook, we always post significant concerns as they become known to us.
We have already spoken to over 3000 children this year so we are usually fully up to date with what apps they are using
|Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 5:15||comments (1)|
We received a message today that we think sums up what motivates us to do the work we do. We often get told things like this but for a parent to take the time to send us a message means a lot to us
I'm one of the parents who attended your presentation at ........ school last night & I just want to Thankyou for the massive, scary & extremely informative insight into keeping our kids safe on the Internet.
It's opened my eyes up to what is & can happen on the Internet & the measures we have to take to make it safe to use.
I must say though I came home & cried because it's the worst feeling in the world to think terrible things can happen while doing something so simple like using the Internet! Your chat to our children in the daytime has definitely had an impact too as I've been talking to my kids this morning about what they learnt from you, they reiterated about stranger danger, use of certain apps & what's acceptable & not in terms of Internet usage & for this I Thankyou wholeheartedly! We together as a family now will put these invaluable things we've learnt together & help keep safe.
Thankyou so much again, I will definitely be attending any other presentations you
|Posted on 27 October, 2016 at 5:40||comments (1)|
We are enjoying the October half term break and are reflecting on an incredibly busy 5 weeks where we have visited so many places and spoke to so many people. In the last month alone we have delivered the Walk Online Roadshow to over 2500 children.
We are now looking forward to our busiest November ever where we are working with the Basildon Community Safety Partnership to put on the Walk Online Roadshow for thousands of children across Basildon, Wickford and Billericay. We are also looking forward to running seperate events in Stock, Harlow, Rayleigh, Wickford, Thurrock, Chelmsford, Dunmow, Benfleet, Newham, Canvey, Halstead, Saffron Walden and Basildon.
We cant wait to catch up with old friends and work with lots of new schools and organisations throughout the next 4 weeks.
|Posted on 26 September, 2016 at 2:00||comments (6)|
We cant believe that we have already presented to over 1500 children since the return from the summer holidays!
So far the two most popular applications/games of concern are Musical.ly and Pokemon Go.
Parents need to make sure that the settings on their childs musical.ly account are set to private because strangers are saving childrens videos off line.
When playing Pokemon Go children need to be aware that strangers may use the game as an opportunity to start randomly talking to children in particular at 'Poke Stops'
We are now putting the final touches together for a new course dealing with the issues around Sexting which will be aimed at Secondary Schools, watch this space!
|Posted on 5 September, 2016 at 5:15||comments (1)|
We are excited to start the New School Year and looking at our diary we have realised we have an exceptionally busy 3 months coming up.
We cant wait to run the 'Walk Online' Roadshow again for Basildon District Council where the event will be seen by thousands of local children and also cant wait to work on two new specialist courses where we will be doing a lot of work around gaming and sexting.
We are also about to trial a new training product for Secondary Schools that will be run in a similar fashion to Crucial Crew. This will involve 3-4 revolving workshops covering Grooming/Gangs/Gaming and Healthy Relationships. We are hoping this will enable us to make a major difference to the safety and aweness of young people and at the same time we will link it to a training product for professionals.
If you want to make training bookings with us at the moment we would advise you to contact us early as we are altready heavily booked until the end of November.
Good Luck with the New School Year
John and John
|Posted on 11 June, 2016 at 4:30||comments (0)|
We are very proud that following a recent inspection of Thurrock LSCB by OFSTED they singled out the EST Walk Online Roadshow as an example of outstanding practise their positive words have given us even further motivation to take the Roadshow out to a wider audience.
So far our roadshow has been seen by 11,000 children over the past two months taking in Basildon, Thurrock, Maldon and Brentwood along with many individual schools
Basildon Council have also just confirmed they want us to run the Road Show for them again in November so it is good news on all fronts
|Posted on 25 April, 2016 at 11:20||comments (0)|
Thank you to everyone that has made the last two months an incredible experience for us.
We have managed to deliver our message, via the 'Walk Online Roadshow' to over 7000 children across Essex (I hate to think how many that averages a day)
The feedback we have been receiving has been amazing be it from Children or Adults.
We are now so busy that our diary stretches into the new school year so any thoughts of putting our feet up in the near future will have to wait.
Some recent feedback that has inspired us
‘I found this talk hugely informative, up to date and very engaging. It is unfortunate that it is
relevant to the world we now live in, however taking this information forward it means that as
parents we are better informed and are able to protect our children accordingly. Having statistical
information about what our children had confirmed earlier on in the day was very thought provoking
and added an even stronger emphasis on the messages being given to us as parents. My child also
found his talk very informative. He advised us that it gave him more in depth information to areas we
had already touched upon in the home regarding Internet safety, and because someone other that his
'nagging parents' told him, he now believes the dangers are really there. Once again, thank you! I
understand the difficulty you faced deciding to show this and I truly believe that by doing so you
have helped to protect so many children in our school.‘
‘I just wanted to pass my thanks on to the school for arranging the Internet safety evening last
night, the information that was passed on to us parents was very much needed and I for one am after
last nights meeting very naive when it comes to what our children are able to access online and
although it was very frightening at times it was also very eye opening and enlightening. I am so
thankful to the school for setting up the safety evening so I am able to get prepared and hopefully
do my best to keep my child safe whilst he accesses the World Wide Web.‛
‘I would like to say how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to attend last night's talk.
I left with my head spinning trying to process all the information received. It certainly changed my
whole perspective on internet safely and has completely changed the way I will now deal with this
issue. We have probably already had more discussions with the kids today than ever previously
before. Thank you so much for arranging this event ,it has been greatly appreciated.‛
‘I felt the evening was extremely informative for parents, opening our minds to the easy yet
seemingly innocent opportunities for the exploitation of children. I was shocked by some things, and
learned more about the methods used to groom children for sexual activity or radicalisation. I felt
proud of our community that so many parents made the effort to attend and more so, that our school
were generous enough to pay for this, for the safety of all our children. This morning my son asked
what I had thought about it and it gave me a valuable opportunity to communicate with him about the
content and how we would face these things, should it ever occur. It was a great time to let him know
that I would never ban or blame him. I do not think we can talk about this enough with our children,
especially when as adults we have already instilled the ideas of child safety from our own childhood
learning! If they can take that in then we can continue to teach them and talk to them to ensure
their safety online too. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to approach Internet safety with my
children and access to the thinkuknow website via the link on the school‛s web page. It's reassuring
to know that the school already had this on there and that at its heart, the safety of our children is
|Posted on 20 February, 2016 at 8:20||comments (0)|
We are very excited about the impending arrival of March as throughout the month we are working closely with the Thurrock safeguarding Childrens Board delivering the newly updated 'Walk Online' roadshow to thousands of local year 5, 10 and 11 students.
The venue will be at the Blackshots theatre in Grays with audiences of 750 per event so it should keep us on our toes.
We also have a big week next week where we will be presenting in Southend/ Chelmsford/ Corringham and Silver End.
Thank You to everyone that has been working with us over the past few months and the fact that your kind recommendations have made us busier than we have ever been
|Posted on 7 February, 2016 at 2:50||comments (4)|
We have had a great start to February presenting all over region but in particular we enjoyed presenting at the WEPHA Conference in Sawbridgworth.
We are now looking forward to running our next 'Safeguarding Children in the 21st Century course, in Chelmsford on 10/02/16.
Next month is going to be huge for us as we will be working with our friends at Thurrock Safeguarding Childrens Board presenting 'The Walk Online' Roadshow throughout the month to 6000 children.
If you havent yet found us oj Facebook please pay our page a visit at 'EST E Safety Training'