Apps and Social Media
Throughout the year, we remind children of the need to stay safe online. We understand that for parents of children, particularly in KS2 (upper KS2 even more so), that there are a lot of apps that children might be discovering on their phones/tablets/laptops as they start to hear about the world of social media.
This may be concerning if you hear about your children talking about apps that you have not heard of before. However, if you do happen to notice apps on your child's devices or hear them talking about them, use this website below if you want to inform yourself on what they are:
This is a great website and gives you useful information such as:
- Minimum age requirement for users
- Risks that children may encounter
- What children are saying about these apps themselves
Along with lots of other useful information. It is definitely worth taking a look if you are unsure about any apps (as it seems to be getting increasingly difficult to keep up as the years go by!)
Staying safe online
This video is great to demonstrate to children in EYFS/KS1 about the dangers of
pop-up ads. Free games and learning apps tend to be filled with ads, so it is important
to let your children know not to click on them and that, unfortunately, they often exist
simply to trick people into giving information or money away.
A great top 10 video for those in year 3 or 4 who may be starting to explore the internet.
These are great tips to make sure that all children stay safe, make sensible choices
and are responsible online. There is also a link at the end that parents might want
to visit with their children to learn some more information.
This video is good for those in year 5/6 who may be aware of the
existence of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other social media
platforms. It talks about why it is wrong to lie about your age, the
danger that could potentially put you in and why it is not always
good to follow your friends, especially when you know you shouldn't.
Talking to your children
Please talk to your children about the wonders of the internet so that they
can enjoy discovering and learning about the world around them.
At the same time, please make sure you discuss with your children how
to stay safe, make sensible choices online, remember that people online
are still strangers and to be responsible members of the online community.
The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 in a campaign to keep children safe online. Their website
is full of information such as how to talk to your children about staying safe online,
setting up parental controls and of course a helpline if children have any concerns they
wish to talk about.
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guidelines regarding the use of social networking for parents.