E-Safety

We have been made aware of the app Music.ly, a popular app used by children to create videos and chat with others – including strangers. Over the past 6 months, the High Tech Crime Unit of Merseyside Police has seen an increase in complaints with regards to strangers pretending to be much younger than they are and making contact with children.

 

Please continue to be vigilant when your children are using phones and other technology. It is not the Apps themselves which cause concern, it is the abuse which can occur when certain users use these products to target vulnerable children.

 

As a school, we are aware of the possible dangers that come with using Social Media and the Internet, as such, we are proactive in taking every precaution to ensure that our school community remains safe when online. Please find below popular apps used by children and their minimum age:

 

Application

Minimum Age

Facebook

13 Years

Instagram

13 Years

Snapchat

13 Years

WhatsApp

16 Years

YouTube

18 Years, but a 13-year-old can sign-up with parental consent.

Music.ly

18 to sign-up but a 13-year-old can use.

The NSPCC have some useful information to support parents to keep their children safe online.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

 

Useful links:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe

https://ceop.police.uk/

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

 

 

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