Many of our young people are using Discord alongside their devices to allow them to communicate with others. There are a number of things that can go wrong. This guide tells you all you need to know about the service.
The world of Discord
This week has been a busy one for us with 4 schools coming to visit The Word but it seems to be a quiet one in the cyberverse! The main topic has been in the world of cricket where historic as well as modern texts have been brought into play to show evidence of cyberbullying, racism, anti-semitism and sexual inappropriateness. And with Black Friday deals coming up whilst it’s a great time to do your Christmas shopping, watch out for fake websites, too good to be true offers and be aware of the information you are sharing. Here is some useful advice from Money Helper website https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/banking/shop-safely-online
The capability to record Google Meets on Education Fundamentals is going away in early January 2022. Therefore, if your school is recording Google Meets or requires the ability to do so, then if your are in our SLA we will need to talk to you about the implications of this and what your options are. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, if you have any questions.
Childnet launched their Family Digital Toolkit last week. For the first time ever, UK parents can benefit from ‘made to measure’ advice around children’s online wellbeing with the launch of this new service. Parents can spend a few minutes answering questions about their child’s online world and then get instant advice.
If they’re not ready to read it right away they can have it sent to their inbox.
Here is the link https://www.internetmatters.org/digital-family-toolkit/
Short and sweet this week, have a great weekend.
Netflix is launching its first games worldwide next Tuesday as it seeks to break into the game subscription market. The company will roll out updates to its Netflix app on Android smartphones, showing what games are available for download. To begin with, five mobile games are included for Netflix subscribers. The company is promising more to come – with no adverts in the game and no in-app purchases like those common in other mobile games. Of the five games launching with the service, two are linked to the streaming giant’s popular Stranger Things series. While the initial games have relatively simple graphics and casual gameplay, Netflix says it is in very early stages, but plans to eventually create games “for every kind of player”. Watch this space!
Childnet International has an Online Safety Calendar for 2021/22 which offers teachers engaging ways of incorporating online safety advice into the curriculum. The calendar also highlights campaigns including Anti-Bullying Week, LGBTQ History Month, World Book Day and Mental Health Awareness Week – and the relevant online safety resources available. Find the calendar here: https://www.childnet.com/blog/check-out-our-online-safety-calendar-2021-22-for-educators
If you are struggling to manage complicated password protocols maybe 3 Random Words will work for you. Click here to read this blog to find out why it’s a good idea.
And if you can’t think of any random words, here’s a couple of online random word generators!
And if you want to find out how secure your password is try this:
How secure is my password.net
Is using 4 random words better? Four words should be sufficient. This article explains why. Five words is better. Don’t choose from the most common words, and don’t choose quotes or sayings. The words should be as random as possible.
Due to the popularity of Netflix’s most recent viral show, Squid Game, we have received several questions about it from concerned parents, carers, and teachers. Many children are enacting some of the scenarios in the playground, and are displaying inappropriate behaviour. Safer Schools have released a Safeguarding Update that highlights the main risks and concerns their experts found when researching the show. Click here to read.
Childnet-international have produced this excellent and very comprehensive help sheet for parents and carers.
The app House Party is to be shut down says its developer – read the full story here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-58516156