Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games. They may:
chat with other people through online games, game consoles, webcams, social networks and tools like Whatsapp
When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.
and the school safety leaflet.
Blakedown CE Primary School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern. Websites such as Facebook offer amazing communication and social connections, however, they are created with their audience in mind and this is specifically over 13 years old. Possible risks for children under 13 using the site may include:
We feel it important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites, so you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not. These profiles will have been created by a child, their friends, siblings or even parents. Should you decide to allow your child of any age to have a Facebook profile we strongly advise you to:
Have a look at the advice for parents/carers from Facebook www.facebook.com/help/?safety=parents
Make sure your child understands the following rules:
We would recommend that all parents visit the CEOP Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online.