E-Safety for Parents
We have become aware of a number of children in the school who have a YouTube account. Please be aware parental permission can only be given for a child between the ages of 13 and 18. Children at primary school should not have a YouTube account.
We thank you for your help in promoting good E-Safety practice.
This is an extract from the YouTube Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.
2.1 In order to use the Service, you must firstly agree to the Terms. You may not use the Service if you do not accept the Terms.
2.2 You can accept the Terms by simply using the Service. You understand and agree that YouTube will treat your use of the Service as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.
2.3 You may not use the Service and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with YouTube, or (b) you are a person who is either barred or otherwise legally prohibited from receiving or using the Service under the laws of the country in which you are resident or from which you access or use the Service.
2.4 You should print off or save a local copy of the Terms for your records.
An important note about the app 'Musical.ly':
Online safety – we would like to issue a warning to all parents regarding a popular app called ‘musically’. The app itself gives people the ability record themselves lip-syncing and dancing around to a certain song, also allowing people to ‘follow’ and befriend others on the mobile app. Concerns that parents are sharing have been sent directly to the app developers as well as local police, especially considering some pupils of primary school age are filming themselves and sharing pictures of themselves while wearing their uniform, meaning they can be easily located.
Parents are advised to make sure their children are using this app sensibly, by checking all messages received are appropriate and not allowing your child to share images or videos of themselves where they or the school they attend can be easily identified. This warning should be shared between all parents. If any parent feels they have any further problems with someone suspicious trying to contact your child, please inform the local police or call 101.
Information provided by Twinkl
Here at Thorpe Lea, we are committed to keeping our children safe. On a regular basis, many our children use the Internet as part of their learning, therefore, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. To keep out children safe, our school internet settings are very secure - we have many filters which block inappropriate material being shown. One of our school governors, a trained IT consultant, works tirelessly to ensure that we keep up to date with the most recent guidance, support and software to keep our children safe using the internet at school.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet and without the filters that we have at school, this, potentially allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes. Whilst we tend to think of children using the internet on the computer, with technology rapidly changing, please do remember that they can access it via tablets, laptops and mobile phones.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Newsround Report on Social Media
The NSPCC has put together a guide on lots of different Social Media websites to help parents understand what each of them are used for and the age limits and restrictions in place on each one. Click the link below to be taken to the site.