We work hard in school to provide our children with the awareness and knowledge they need in order to protect themselves and stay safe using the internet, however we know it is only through a joint effort between parents and teachers that we will succeed in creating responsible and safe cyber citizens. We understand that it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the ways our that our children are using new and ever changing technologies. Our children live within a society that has become dependent on computers, including smart phones, iPads, interactive online games and virtual communities. Websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whats App to name but a few, offer fantastic opportunities for communication and social connections, however did you know?…
- Many sites use ‘targeted’ advertising and therefore your child could be exposed to adverts of a sexual or other appropriate nature, depending on the age they stated when they registered.
- They may have lied about their age to get an account, making them appear older than they are, increasing this risk.
- Young people may accept friend requests from people they don’t know in real life which could increase the risk of inappropriate contact or behaviour. The general rule is, if they aren’t friends in real life, they shouldn’t be ‘friends’ online.
- Language, games, groups and content posted or shared on social media is NOT moderated, and therefore can be offensive, illegal or unsuitable for young people.
- Photographs shared by users are NOT moderated and therefore young people could be exposed to inappropriate images or even post their own.
- Underage users might be less likely to keep their identities private and lying about their age can expose them to further risks regarding privacy settings and options.
- Social media sites can be exploited by bullies and for inappropriate contact.
- Social media sites cannot and do not verify its members, therefore, it is important to remember that if your son/daughter can pretend to be someone else online, so can others.
To celebrate the many positives of the internet, but more specifically to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Mrs Crilly, Mrs Bailey and Mrs Fisher hosted an online safety information session, for parents and carers of children in all year groups at Woodlands on June 16th 2017.
The session provided practical advice and safety tips to help you to keep your children safe on line.
If you were unable to attend the session, we recommend that all parents visit the CEOP Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/. https://www.net-aware.org.uk and https://www.getsafeonline.org.
Please also visit the videos below, which will provide an insight into the dangers on the internet.
https://safeshare.tv/x/bxcFyVL10h0 – Some people on YouTube ain’t who they say they are.
https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5943c347a78ec– Jigsaw CEOP Video
Please see the powerpoint presentation Mrs Crilly, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Bailey used in the workshop.
Think U Know
This is the website for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
The links provided here direct you to the Parents and Carers page. This provides information about issues related to the use of the internet by young people for Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms, Online Gaming, Social Networking sites etc.