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Keeping Children Safe in the 21st Century
We recently held a session run by PC Brigginshaw on how we can all do our best to keep safe when using the internet and social media. Did you realise that once you post a photograph on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram it belongs to them, to sell or use elsewhere, and they do? Also that unless you turn off location settings, the GPS of the photograph will mean that you or your child’s location can be traced? Did you know that from the age of ten a child can be arrested for having indecent images on their phone?
The most important message was to be open, honest and talk to your children about what they are doing online. If you, or your children, have any accounts such as the ones above, set up all the privacy settings together and check them regularly. But be aware that if one ‘friend’ does not have the same privacy settings, then your profile is no longer private either.
He recommended some websites for further information, videos to share with the children and a site to check the age restrictions on certain sites – for example Musical.ly has a minimum age of 13. I would suggest you explore these websites yourself, find content that you are comfortable to share with your child, and then spend some time viewing and discussing it together. Internet safety is something we cover in our IT curriculum and we have visiting speakers for the children regularly. However it is really important that they feel this is an issue that they can talk about at home too.
www.net-aware.org.uk – find out information and age restrictions for the apps your child might use
www.nspcc.org.uk – lots of videos and useful resources for children of different ages
www.ceop.police.uk – good website and you can report an issue via this site
www.getsafeonline.org – more aimed at adults, but extremely useful information