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