Arkwright Primary School

Advice about Social Media

 

It is the view of Arkwright Primary School  that children of Primary School age should not be engaging with social media platforms, they all have restrictions of 13 years or older.  

If as a parent/carer, you choose to allow them to access these sites, then we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with the content on this page. it will help you to keep informed and help to keep your child safer.

Thinking of allowing access?

Social media safety for children involves educating yourself and your children about the risks and benefits of social media.  You should talk to your child about their interests and preferences, and make accounts together.  You should also monitor their activity, set boundaries and keep the lines of communication open.  You should not share personal information, and report any concerns to a trusted adult. Some alternatives to social media are refraining from using it at all, or choosing a smartphone that limits access to it.  You should trust your gut instinct and be patient with yourself and your child.

For a full list of age restrictions for the various social media platforms, please click here

 

 

NSPCC Share Aware Campaign and online safety

The NSPCC' Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of 8 to 12 year old children and features an animated video which we have included below for you. The message it is portraying is that although we teach our children it is good to share, this is not always the case online.

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Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child can contact the NSPCC's 24 hour helpline on  0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Children worried about online safety or any other problems can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk

 

   TikTok    

TitkTok is not entirely safe for children because it may contain, toxic, disturbing or inappropriate content. However, TikTok has taken several steps to make it's platform safer for minors and to give parents more control over their children's privacy, security and well-being.  Children on TikTok should always have parental guidance and supervision.

Please see the video below on how to set up TikTok Family Safety Mode.

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 Facebook

 Facebook doesn't have a Parental Controls feature, but there are a number of settings and options that parents can use to make Facebook a safer place for their children. 

Please see the video below for useful settings.

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What is Snapchat

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Snapchat is a communications service that most people use to talk to their real-life friends and family, similar to text messaging or phone calls. One of the principal features of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients.  Please click here for Snapchat's Parent's Guide.  

 

 WhatsApp

 WhatsApp is a free messaging app that allows users to send messages, voice messages, images and video calls(including video).  You are meant to be 16 years and older to use WhatsApp, but worryingly there is no age verification and it is highly likely your child or their friends are using WhatsApp.  The app can be used to communicate either one to one or in a group setting.  User's can chat, call or facetime one another, they can also share photo's and videos within the groups.

Risks

You need to be alert. These statistics suggest most children over 8 years old are using WhatsApp and other messaging apps/sites. It is not without risk, and the age limit is there for a reason. These risks include experiencing cyberbullying, unwanted contact, sexual exploitation, other criminal exploitation, risk of fraud, and access to inappropriate and explicit content. There are also features of WhatsApp that increase the risk. You may have heard of end-to-end encryption which prevents law enforcement or the tech platform from seeing any messages. You can also select an option for messages to disappear after a certain timeframe. This means you won’t be able to see historical conversations and means children can hide conversations from you.

The NSPCC's website has useful information and tips on how to keep your children safe if permitted to use WhatsApp.  Click here to access their page.

 

Useful guides about sexual exploitation online

What's the Problem - A guide for parents who's children have got into trouble online.

A parents guide to being share aware - Advice on helping you keep your child safe online.