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Parents Guide to Social Media

 

Social Networking Sites

 

As part of our commitment to Safeguarding, we work closly with Leicestershire Police to keep up to date with new initiatives and training. We want to support parents in keeping their children safe online and work with CEOP and Think you know. Link on the link to find out more!

 

 

 

Links to other areas of Safeguarding concerns can be found here

 

It is often difficult to stop children joining and using social networking sites and often they will say to parents ‘my friends are on it’.

If Facebook And Twitter Were Real Life

Can I be your friend?
This video takes Facebook and Twitter and acts out everything that you would do on those networks. Deemed perfectly normal on social media, this video highlights how absurd and invasive this is in real life!
Be careful!

Frighteningly more than half of children use social media before the age of 10!

Make sure you are aware of what they are using and keep them safe - Commuication is KEY!

 

Do you recognise these common APP Icons? Click on them to find out more!

 

 

Facebook
Age: 13+
Facebook aims to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Children tend to share personal information on their Facebook profile. This information is often visible for everyone to see.

 

 

Instagram
Age: 13+
Instagram is a free photo sharing application that allows users to take photos, apply a filter, and share it on the service or other social networking services. This app is great for showcasing one’s accomplishments and adventures. However, children need to be careful with what pictures they do post.

 

 

 

Twitter
Age: 13+
Twitter is an online social network, which allows you to send messages up to 140 characters in length. This is a great app for people to share  thoughts and feelings. However, children must also be aware that anyone can view what is posted if their account is public.

 

The school has a TWITTER account if you would like to see one in action 

https://twitter.com/medwayprimary

 

 

WhatsApp Messenger
Age: 16+
WhatsApp is a mobile messenger that is similar to short message services. Users can share location and contacts with other users. WhatsApp helps children bypass text messaging and communicate with their friends using the app.

 

 

Snapchat App
Age: 13+
Snapchat is a messaging service that allows people to send photos and short videos to each other that disappear seconds after opening them. A major concern with Snapchat is how teen Snapchat users use the app, since parents are not on it and content disappears.

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

  • Make sure your child understands they should keep new online friends strictly online. If someone asks to meet them in the real world they must tell you about it. If someone they don't know asks to be their online friend they must ask you first.

     

  • Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards your child. Parents and children can both report at www.ceop.gov.uk or www.thinkuknow.co.uk

     

  • Visit www.ceop.gov.uk/parents or www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents for more information.

Cyberbullying

 

On-line bullying or cyberbullying is an issue your children may face on social media, email or instant or on-line chat sites. Because these sites or apps are all about sharing personal information, and its easy for the information to be spread and easy for young people to become a victim or even a perpetrator without realising.

Cyberbullying is defined as the use of the Internet or other technologies to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.

 

Types of cyberbullying

  • Flaming: On-line fights sent via email or instant message with angry or vulgar language

  • Harassment: Repeatedly sending nasty, mean, insulting messages

  • Denigration: ‘Dissing’ someone on-line by sending or posting gossip or rumours about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships

  • Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material to damage their reputation

  • Pranking: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information and then sharing it on-line

     

    Warning signs

    Signs that indicate your child might be a cyberbully:

  • Switching screens or closing programs when you walk by

  • Using the computer late at night

  • Getting upset if he/she cannot use the computer

  • Using more than one on-line accounts or an account that belongs to someone else

     

    Signs that indicate your child might be a victim of cyberbullying:

  • Being uncomfortable when receiving an email, instant message, or text message

  • Feeling upset after using the computer

  • Refusing to leave the house or go to school

  • Withdrawing from friends and family

e-Safety links

 

Listed below are more sources of help for parents:

 

Childnet International – Safety online information for Parents

Thinkuknow – The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to Internet Safety

CEOP – CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

UK Safer Internet centre – Helping children and young people to stay safe on the internet

Internetmatters.org – helping parents keep their children safe on-line

 

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