Internet Safety

“Children and young people are spending more and more time in online environments, with smart phones, laptops and hand-held devices that allow them to communicate in different ways. Although the internet has had a major impact on society over the past 20 years, today’s children and young people have grown up online without either them or their parents understanding the potential risks they face on a daily basis. The internet can be fun and useful but you and your child need to have an understanding of the online environment and how to make it safe. Making sure your child knows the online dangers is just as important as teaching them to cross the road safely.” Education Scotland

 

It is therefore crucial that parents have open, regular conversations with their child to enable you to really understand and explore the online world together and help you to keep them safe online.  It is suggested that parents read up on the top 2/3 apps that their child is using so that if an issue does arise, you are more informed to deal with it.  From talking with P6 and P7 pupils, many of the children indicated that they use a range of apps which are not age appropriate as described in each app’s terms and conditions.  The main ones which were mentioned by pupils include Snapchat (13+), Instagram (13+), What’s App (16+), and Music.ly (13+).  It is important that parents are fully aware of the apps that their child may be using and if there are any potential risks that come with usage.  Further, comprehensive information on a range of apps, detailing risks, can be found on the NSPCC website and also Think U Know

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