At Sherdley we take internet safety (E-Safety) very seriously and we have recently been given access to some very good pamphlets on keeping children safe online. There are 7 pamphlets covering some of the most popular online accounts that children might be using. We have made these pamphlets available on our website for you to read and discuss with you children.
The pamphlets currently cover:
Roblox, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Twitter and TikTok.
They contain some excellent advice about what each account is, how it works and what the dangers are. They also give details on how to set parameters and parental controls properly to keep the accounts as private and safe as possible.
Although there is a minimum age restriction (guidance) of at least 13 years old for these accounts, we all know that children do access them. I did a quick ‘Hands-up’ survey today from Y6 to Y2 children (approx. 300 children) and was surprised by the amount of children that regularly use and have the above accounts.
Netflix = 45.7% ; TikTok = 36.3%; Roblox = 69.3%; Snapchat = 29.6%; Instagram = 14%; Facebook = 3% and Twitter = 2.5%.
Rather worryingly, 10 children in Y2 responded by saying they had TikTok accounts (which has a minimum age of 13).
Please can you take the time to read these pamphlets and discuss them with your children about how to keep themselves safe online. We can’t stop children using these accounts, but the more they (and you) understand how they work and the dangers they can hold, the more responsibility they will take in using them in a safe manner.
I hope you find these useful and any feedback would be appreciated.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Mr Massey (Y5 teacher and ICT co-ordinator).
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
- Childnet – Online Gaming There is updated guidance in schools relating to Safeguarding your children in place from September 2021. One of the significant changes is that school will be placing a much greater emphasis on Online Safety including teaching children even more about how to behave online. This link is to some specific guidance for parents in relation to online gaming, which is something that we know a LOT of our children engage with. The website overall has lots and lots of ideas to support you with matters related to online activity and social media safety.