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Keeping Safe Online

If you have any concerns about online experiences your child has had or would like some further advice or support please contact Miss Smith or a member of our safeguarding team on 01422 362365.

A message from Calderdale Safeguarding Team:

Nationally, many internet safety agencies are warning parents to be extra vigilant over seemingly fun videos widely circulating on YouTube and TicTok that feature a menacing character with razor-sharp teeth with the seemingly friendly name of ‘Huggy Wuggy’.

The character is from a survival horror game called ‘Poppy Playtime’ which has the effect of leading parents and children to believe the videos are aimed at youngsters and contain no inappropriate material. It even gets to slip by many device parental controls.

The reality is that ‘Huggy Wuggy’ a blue bear-like creature chases and threatens other characters in nightmarish scenarios, leaving many children upset and frightened.

The Poppy Playtime game is perfectly legal and widely available on the App stores for Apple and Android mobile devices with a PEGI rating of age 12+

Please be vigilant in respect of the content your children are accessing and take appropriate steps to remove or block any harmful content they may be exposed to. 

8 steps to keep your child safe online
 

  1. Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.    

  2. Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new learning websites and apps while school is closed, take the opportunity to talk to them about how to stay safe on these services and in general. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.   
     
  3. Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.      

  4. Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.    
  5. Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult is able to supervise. Children of this age should not access the internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.    

  6. Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.   

  7. Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.                            
                       
  8. Parental controls: Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all internet enabled devices in your home. You can find out more about how to use parental controls by visiting your broadband provider’s website.

Online Safety Videos to support understanding:

 Jessie & Friends cartoons –  ages 4-7
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/

A three-episode animated series which helps keep 4-7s safe online. It explores three popular online activities: watching videos, sharing pictures, and online gaming.                                                             

Band Runner game and advice website ages 8-10
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/

A fun interactive game that helps reinforce key messages about online safety.