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E Safety Notice

Dear Parents/Carers

 

It has come to our attention that there are a number of suspicious online chat rooms and smart phone ‘Apps’ being marketed at present that could pose a serious risk to young people. The chatrooms appear to be set up as anxiety support sites and community sites. It is important that we are vigilant in the monitoring of internet usage to prevent our students becoming vulnerable to e-safety concerns and we would like to draw your attention to two in particular that are of great concern.

The first is known as ‘7 Cups’, which is a chat room that purports to be a source of guidance and support for young people with anxiety but can pose a serious danger by exploring negative thoughts and insinuates dangerous actions as perfectly reasonable behaviour.

The second is known as ‘Calculator Vault’, which is disguised as an ordinary calculator App or helpful maths tool but is actually a storage app for photographs and can access a child’s photographs on their smart phone.

Obviously these are just two of the most common examples but it is likely that more exist. Please monitor your child’s access to chat rooms or App stores on smart phones and report any suspicious websites or apps to the police a member of the Harris Academy Greenwich Safeguarding team during normal school term time.

Kind regards,

Sue Cable (HAGR)

Designated Safeguarding Lead