Online safety and social media use

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It has come to our attention this week that many of our children have accounts, pages and channels on various online or social media platforms.  The age-limits for these platforms is usually 13 and in some cases, 16.

We have spoken to the Year 5/6 children this week but we are also going to continue working with all pupils within the school around keeping themselves safe online.  We sent a letter home to all the parents in Year 5/6 yesterday.  If you didn’t get one please find it here on our website, http://www.edgewoodprimaryschool.co.uk/sites/default/files/Instagram%20l....

The video we showed to the Year 5/6 children is from CEOP and highlights the risks that even seemingly harmless information being shared can cause.  If you haven’t seen it please watch it https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/Films-to-watch-with-y...

There is also more information online on CEOP (for children aged 8-10 https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ and parents, https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/), Safer Internet Centre (https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre), NSPCC (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aw...) and Internet Matters.org (https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/social-networking/) amongst many others.

Please have a look at these videos / websites and speak with your children this weekend.  As a school we have reports that children are being specifically targeted on some social media and we hear some harrowing tales.  We do not want any child from Edgewood to be a victim of anything like this.

We will be holding a parent workshop before the summer holidays.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like any advice before that session.