The Internet can be a wonderful resource for children. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other children, and play interactive games. Children who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world.
But that access can also pose hazards. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what your children see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.
As with any safety issue, it’s wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.
We have added some useful links below that will help you keep you child safe online.
Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Keep your computer in a shared area: Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Facebook/bebo/Myspace:Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
During PSHE lessons, the children have watched the following videos with a teacher. If you have any questions regarding these videos please talk to a member of staff.
Muscal.ly and Live.ly websites – dangers to children
A report on these websites on Channel 4 news yesterday really alarmed me, and I wanted to share it with you:
|Children bombarded with sexually explicit chat on Musical.ly and Live.ly
Children as young as nine are being groomed and bombarded with sexually explicit messages on popular social media app Musical.ly and streaming site Lively.
|O2 | Help | NSPCC | Internet Safety for Kids – O2
O2 and NSPCC. The internet is like a magician’s hat. And if you’re worried what your kids will find inside, our free advice will help you keep them safe online.