During this pandemic lockdown, we’ve heard of many cases of cyber bullying as children have access to a range of social media apps on their phones/i-pads and any other technology devices.
This has been a major concern through-out the country in particular for Upper Key Stage 2 children and up.
Here are safety files for you and your child to go through together to make sure these settings are in place and for the safety of your child.
”TikTok is an app formally known as Musically and Lively, TikTok is a free social media platform used to create and share short videos. TikTok rules require the user to be 13 or older to use it and with parental consent if you’re under 18. Users are able to create videos of themselves lip-syncing that can last up to 60 seconds. You are able to watch other user’s streams & videos, you may be exposed to inappropriate content.”
”WhatsApp allows you to send messages, either one-on-one or in a group chat as well as calling and sharing pictures and videos. WhatsApp rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require you to be 16 or older to use the app. It is important that you really know and trust the contacts you message and share stuff with. Anyone who has your phone number can add you on WhatsApp.”
”YouTube is an online video sharing service that can be accessed from both a range of devices. It was launched, and posted its first video, in 2005. YouTube’s rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require you to be 13 or older to use the app.”
Here are some top tips that everyone should absolutely need to know about online safety!
- The internet is FOREVER! Anything that is put on the internet no matter how old could be there forever where generations to come can google your name.
- Don’t put personal information online; anyone can access it. 73% of teenagers and 68% of younger adults are on social networking sites. Roughly half of these percentages post personal information online (phone numbers, address, email address) Please don’t! Anyone can access this information!
- Don’t forget about phone safety! In the era of smart phones cyber safety should extend to your phone too especially when it comes to tech safety! Don’t answer calls that you’re unaware of.
- Be careful of people hacking your accounts. A part of being a member of the world wide web is being aware that no matter how careful you are your account may get hacked! There are important things to do when you get hacked to ensure your safety- change your password and make the new one secure. Make it unpredictable. Do not tell anyone of your new password other than a trustworthy adult!
Please be aware of what your child is using on social media. If you do have any concerns of cyber bullying there is a Child line you can email or call for further advice
Childline- http://childline.org.uk 08001111