Child Safety Online – A Practical Guide for Parents and Carers Whose children Are Using Social Media
Research indicates that 75% of children aged 8-11 years have a social media profile. Schools can struggle to deal with all of the issues that this can bring and do want to ensure that pupils learn about social media, enjoy the positive outcomes of communication but stay safe.
One of a number of organisations that can provide a safe social media platform for schools is ChatFOSS (Friends Only Stay Safe). ChatFoss is the first social network designed specifically for under 13’s. If you want to find out more, look at the ChatFOSS website – www.chatfoss.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are considering private tuition for your child, please find below the recent advice from the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Safe Online Communication for Primary School Children
Click below for a document which provides some very useful guidance on helping children to stay safe online.
Online Safety: What Young People Want Parents to Know
The UK Safer Internet Centre has released findings from a consultation of young people looking at what they think their parents need to understand better about their digital lives. Findings from the consultation of 65 young people aged 11-18 years revealed that parents need to: understand that the internet plays an important and positive role in their lives; allow young people some freedom to build trust and independence.
Support and Guidance for Parents and Carers on Social Media and Online Safety
The NSPCC has launched an updated Net Aware site for parents and carers. The sites includes: tips showing how to help your child block or report someone targeting them; a guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by children and young people including information about new apps like Pokémon Go, Periscope, IMVU, and Live.ly.