Many parents and carers have a limited understanding of e-safety risks and issues, yet they play an essential role in the education of their children and in the monitoring/regulation of the children’s on-line behaviours. Parents may underestimate how often children can come across potentially harmful and inappropriate material on the internet and may be unsure how to respond.
How safe are your children? Do they know how to stay safe on line? Do you know how to stay safe using today’s technology?
In order to help you answer these questions, the school will seek to provide information and awareness to parents and carers through:
- Letters / newsletters / school website
- Parents’ information evenings
- National events. E.g. Safer Internet Day
- Useful links to CEOP’s website www.thinkuknow.co.uk
For further help and guidance you can also refer to the website links on this page.
Snapchat Warnings/ Advice - 19th September 2017
You may be aware that Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.
This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their children as you don't need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.
To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with - all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location.
Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it.