E-safety and Smart Toys

Dear Parents

Supporting children to stay safe online is no longer limited to the screen, you may not have considered the risks attached to “connected” toys. As we move towards the Christmas season, it may be helpful to consider some potential risks attached to items on the list for Father Christmas. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and children’s play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and we would like to share this with you. In addition, Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a potential risk to child’s safety.

Below are links to their findings that you might find helpful in keeping your children safe online.

https://iconewsblog.org.uk/2017/11/23/the-12-ways-that-christmas-shoppers-can-keep-children-anddata-

safe-when-buying-smart-toys-and-devices/

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/11/safety-alert-see-how-easy-it-is-for-almost-anyone-to-hackyour-childs-connected-toys/

Regards and best wishes for the holiday season,

Mrs Kime

 

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