Advice for Parents and Carers
In an ever growing digital world, e-Safety is a fundamental part of children’s education and is embedded within their learning in school.
We want to support parents and children with their understanding of e-Safety so that the internet and other forms of digital media can be used in a safe and secure way.
In school our computers are set with filters so that children cannot accidently stumble across images or content which could be inappropriate for them. At home your computer will not use these filters unless they have been set up specifically.
To ensure that your children are safe online we recommend that you do the following;
- Set filters on your computer.
- Talk to child about not giving out their personal details online.
- Place the computer in a main room of your house so you can oversee what they are looking at.
- Regularly check their search history to see which sites they have been on.
Which social media services are age restricted?
Nearly all other social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Musical.ly, Discord, Tik-Tok and Skype.
Whilst there is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, users need to be 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (enabling them to subscribe to other channels, like videos, post comments, share their own content and flag inappropriate content).
A ‘set up safe’ checklist, along with other useful links relating to e-safety, can be found via the following sites.