We’re aware that some of our pupils use social media websites like Facebook or Twitter, particularly from a mobile phone or tablet. We’ve put together a brief guide to make our parents aware of the potential dangers of the sites. You’ll also find some advice about what you can do should you or your child come into difficulties. Whilst we don’t want to scare anyone, we do find that sometimes parents just aren’t aware of the issues that can arise. Please do ask should you have any questions.
Key points for keeping your child safe on the internet:
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Don’t leave them alone!
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. How are they communicating with others online?
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
- Know what connects to the internet and how.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
- Lock down sites so that the information isn’t public.
- Obey age restrictions, particularly on social media sites.