Online Safety Guidance

Social Media Warning
We would like to draw attention to a potentially harmful social media challenge to young people called ‘the Blue Whale Challenge’. This international challenge, labelled

as a game, is being heavily promoted on social media sites. The reference to ‘blue whale’ is the first part of this challenge, which encourages children and young people to self-harm by drawing, with a blade, a blue whale on themselves. The challenges continue over 50 days and become more serious and dangerous in nature.
Internationally, there have been reports of several deaths that have been attributed to the challenge. The police are warning parents to be vigilant about this challenge. 


The digital world is fast overtaking the real one and it is important that Gorseland Primary School and Parents work together to ensure our children are safe both in the real world and online. The world wide web is human's greatest resource of information and knowledge. With some simple steps and a little guidance, children can have access to a world of safe and secure learning.

Smart Phones, Games Consoles, Laptops, Tablets, Computers and even Televisions provide access to web applications and web content. Each of these devices will provide Parental Controls to tailor the device for safe use by your child. Information on these settings can be found in the manual for the device.

Here are some helpful tips;

  • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
  • Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
  • If your child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates, online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
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Joshua Roberts,
28 Sep 2015, 04:59
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Joshua Roberts,
28 Sep 2015, 04:59
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Joshua Roberts,
28 Sep 2015, 04:59
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Joshua Roberts,
28 Sep 2015, 04:59
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Joshua Roberts,
28 Sep 2015, 04:59