Online Safety

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

                                               In today’s world, the internet can be a unknown place- especially for our children. It is very important that we know what they are not only watching, but also what they are posting online. Although Facebook and a lot of other social media sites are not legal for children under 13, a lot of people are also not aware that you have to be 13+ to upload videos to Youtube too.

Lots of children like to watch videos on Youtube, and providing the content is appropriate there is no problem with this. However, a lot of children now have their own Youtube channels, which can pose a bigger problem. We are always focusing on online-safety with the children and have discussed these rules with them to try and keep safe when posting on line:

  1. Make sure there is nothing in your video which could identify where you live (no post, road signs, town signs, outside of houses etc).

  2. Make sure that you have nothing to identify which school you go to (uniform, ties, homework packs, class information, letters etc).

  3. Show your parent your videos before you post them online.

  4. Tell your parent straight away if anyone posts anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

We hope if your child follows these simple rules, they will feel calm and confident when using the internet as it can be a really helpful tool and lots of fun when used safely.

Thank you for your continued co-operation and please see your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.

Many thanks, Mrs Grimes and Mrs Rourke.