SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS

The ISBA (Independent Schools Bursars Association) have issued some advice for schools on parental use of WhatsApp groups, including the letter below. When discussing school-related topics on any form of social media, we advise parents to take note of some basic ground rules:

  • Treat all members of the school community with kindness and respect
  • Check all information with a reliable source or directly with the school before sharing with others
  • Try to resolve any issues directly with the school before sharing problems with others
  • Ensure you have the consent of other parents before sharing any of their personal data within the group, including contact details
  • Under no circumstances share personal information about pupils or others at the school outside of the group or in any way which may be searched online

ONLINE SAFETY FOR 11-18s (CEOP)

 CEOP has created a new website for teenagers called ‘The internet, relationships & you’ and offers advice on socialising online, online safety, getting support and sexual content online. It is a website for teenagers that addresses issues such as sending nudes and consent in a clear and accessible way. CEOP is a part of the National Crime Agency – please see the link below.

The website can be found here: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

TACKLING CHILD ABUSE (HM GOVERNMENT/DfE)

The government has launched a campaign called ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’. The resources, aimed at everyone in the community, include four very short videos explaining physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and online abuse.

The simple mnemonic, ABC, is used to remind people that they should look out for changes in appearance, behaviour or communication. The webpage has a search engine to find out where to report abuse.Tal

For more information, go to: tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk

CHILDREN AND PARENTS: MEDIA AND ATTITUDES REPORT 2022 (OFCOM)

Ofcom’s latest report looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17. It also includes findings on parents’ views about their children’s media use, and how parents of children and young people aged 3-17 monitor and manage their children’s use.

Key points from the report include:

  • Nearly all children went online in 2021 (99%); the majority used a mobile phone (72%) or tablet (69%) to do so.
  • Using video-sharing platforms (VSPs) such as YouTube or TikTok was the most popular online activity among children aged 3-17 (95%).
  • Among all types of online platforms, YouTube was the most widely used by children; 89% used it, compared to half using TikTok. But TikTok was more popular than YouTube for posting content.
  • A majority of children under 13 had their own profile on at least one social media app or site; 33% of parents of 5-7s said their child had a profile, and 60% of 8-11s said they had one.
  • Just four in ten parents of 3-17s knew the minimum age requirement for using most social media; 42% correctly said 13. Four in ten parents of 8-11-year-olds said they would allow their child to use social media (38%).
  • Six in ten children aged 3-17 played games online in 2021, increasing to three-quarters of 12 – 17s.
  • More than a third of 8-17s who gamed online played with people they didn’t know (36%); overall, 16% of 8-17s chatted to people they didn’t know, via the messaging/ chat functions in games.
  • Children were more likely to experience being bullied via technology than face-to-face: 84% of 8-17s said they had been bullied this way (i.e., via text or messaging, on social media, in online games, through phone or video calls, or via other aps and sites) compared to 61% being bullied face-to-face.

You can download the report here: www.ofcom.org.uk

DIGITAL PARENTING MAGAZINE

The Digital Parenting magazine is the most useful, informative, helpful, well-written, well-presented, user-friendly online-safety resource I have seen to date. I recommend that all families look at the Digital Parenting magazine. It is equally relevant to parents of infants as it is to parents of teenagers.

Articles in the most recent edition include:

  • What are Kids Talking About
  • Safety Measures- for toddlers, primary years, tweens and teens
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Grandparenting: Cross Generation Tech Use
  • How to be an Ally Online

You can read it online: www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting

Mrs Alteirac