E-Safety

It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.

E Safety

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

 

You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here

You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here

 

At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You could engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

 

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/

On this page you will find guides to download concerning gaming 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/

 

 

Files to Download

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St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Lugsdale Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6DD

Office Manager: Mrs M Roach

0151 424 2879

Sec2.StGerards@halton.gov.uk

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