The children’s commissioner has called for schools to play a greater role in preparing pupils for the ‘emotional demands’ of social media when transitioning from primary to secondary school. She has expressed concern that at this stage many pupils become ‘anxious about their identity’.
A number of charities offer advice for parents about supporting their children’s safe and healthy internet use, including use of social media. They cover topics such as:
Privacy settings Inappropriate, offensive or illegal content
Privacy settings and protecting personal information
Age limits for websites and apps
Some also feature advice on specific websites, services or apps that children may use, such as:
Video chat and streaming apps, such as ooVoo
We feel it may be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the content of these websites as we are hearing more and more about their use in school. Please click on all links below to support your understanding of safer use of the internet for your child/children:
If you would like anymore information on this matter, please see Ms Lynton.