Y-safe Woodlands cyber safety hub

We are very pleased to announce that our school has partnered with Australia’s leading cyber safety experts, ySafe, to provide you with support in managing your children’s safety and time online. 

As a part of our partnership with ySafe, we have received our very own Parent Cyber Safety Hub. This Hub is a rich source of live information directly from ySafe’s multidisciplinary team of cyber safety experts. You can access our Cyber Safety Hub using the link below:

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About the Parent Cyber Safety Hub

The Hub includes expert advice on the most pertinent cyber safety issues and frequently asked questions around platforms like TikTok, Fortnite, Instagram, and more. There are app reviews with age and safety recommendations, along with a range of guides and resources to help ensure healthy boundaries around screen-time & gaming, and step-by-step instructions for using parental controls and filtering out inappropriate content.

 

FREE Device Monitoring Tool for Parents 

ySafe has partnered with the parental control experts, Family Zone, to provide our parents with added cyber safety support in the form of Family Zone Insights. Family Zone Insights is a monitoring app that sends parents an alert if their child accesses risky or inappropriate content online. For more information about Family Zone Insights, and for instructions on how you can set up an Insights account, vist the Family Zone Insights page of our Cyber Safety Hub (under Cyber Safety Tech) We are extremely excited to be able to offer you this level of expertise and support in an area that we know has been very challenging for many parents to manage. If you have any questions regarding the Hub, please contact deputy Sarah McCormick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.u.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students, parents and teachers participated in very informative and eye-opening cyber safety workshops in June, as a result of Woodlands Primary School successfully winning a cyber safety grant.

These workshops were run by Jordan Foster, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Ysafe. They were filled with valuable and myth-breaking information and useful strategies and tips were shared with parents on how they could keep their children safe online.

Below are some of the notes from Jordan Foster which were shared with parents and teachers.

ABC Model of Cyber Safety Management

Every cyber issue can be effectively addressed by doing at least one of these things, or all three. The model is:

Control ACCESS 
Set BOUNDARIES 
Openly COMMUNICATE 

Blocking Social Media Access - Parental Control Tools

For those that missed out on the Family Zone flyer from Jess, please see www.familyzone.com for more information.

Restricted YouTube

1. Load YouTube

2. Scroll to the very bottom of the page. You'll see a button that says 'Restricted Mode: Off'. Click on this and turn it on.

3. Jordan also suggests locking this so your kids can't change it without entering a password. Click 'Lock Restricted Mode on This Browser'.

PLEASE NOTE: You'll need to follow each of these steps for every browser on your computer (ie. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc).

You'll also need to do this on as many computers as you have. If you have a parental control tool, it will automatically turn on restricted searches, depending on the age of your child. 

On the YouTube app: 
1. Open the YouTube app 
2. In the top right hand corner, click on the circle next to the magnifying glass.
3. Click 'Settings' 
4. Click 'Restricted Mode Filtering' and click 'Strict'

Setting Up Google Safe Searches on computers/laptops: 

On Google Chrome: 
1. Search for something generic (the search doesn't matter, you just want the search page to come up) 
2. Under the toolbar, click the 'Settings' button 
3. Click on 'Turn on SafeSearch'

On iPads/iPhones
Google Chrome: 
1. Open Google app 
2. In the top left hand corner, click on name/email address that is signed in 
3. Scroll down and click 'Search Settings' 
4. Click 'Filter Explicit Results'

On Safari: 
1. Open Safari and go to Google.com 
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Settings' 
3. Click 'Search Settings' 
4. Click 'Filter Explicit Results'

Snapchat

The latest update of SnapChat now allows the app to track your child's location, marking their location on a map for other users to see. In the photo attached below, you can see Jordan's exact location of where she was earlier that day. The map will provide live updates of your child's current location as they move.

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The scariest aspect of this, is that in the photo you can see Jordan was at a shopping centre. However, if Jordan was at home when she took this screenshot, you would be able to see not only her specific position marked on her street , but an exact aerial PHOTO of her house. This information is public and can be seen by others. Unfortunately, the map is extremely accurate too. Obviously, this is extremely dangerous and needs to be disabled as soon as possible. 

To help you turn this dangerous feature off, here are Jordan's step-by-step instructions (with pictures):

1. Open the SnapChat app on your child's device.

2. The app will open on the camera screen. Use your finger to scroll down. This screen below will appear. In the top right hand corner, click on the 'Settings' button (the gear icon).

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3. Scroll down through the settings and under the 'Who can..' section, click on 'See my location'.

snapchat 3

4. Turn on 'Ghost Mode',

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 Jordan Foster's Contact Details

Jordan Foster
Psychologist | Director
BA Hon, MPsyc (Clinical)
 
ysafe
 
T  | 0422 486 396
E  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Safety Tips and Advice - How to Recognise Online Predators

Young people can spend hours online chatting with friends. Sometimes these friendships can build into, what they think they are "relationships'. They can get caught up in something dangerous when their online buddy turns into their 'best' friend/girlfriend/boyfriend.

The Sex Crime Division of the WA Police force have put together an information sheet for how you can recognise online predators

Information sheet - how to recognise online predators

You can also access an example family online safety contract here.

 Example Online Safety Contract

 

Fortnite

Click here to download a handy parent's guide with everything you need to know about the game Fortnite, and what you need to do to keep your kids safe online.

 

 

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