Apps and Social Media
Through our computing curriculum, learners are taught about the importance of online safety and ways to stay safe online. We understand that for parents, particularly of learners in Key Stage 2, that there are a lot of apps that learners might be discovering on their phones/tablets/laptops as they start to hear about the world of social media.
This may be concerning if you hear about apps that are not familiar to you. However, if you do happen to notice apps on your child's devices or hear them talking about them, use this website below if you want to inform yourself on what they are:
This is a great website and gives you useful information such as:
- Minimum age requirement for users
- Risks that learners may encounter
- What learners are saying about these apps themselves.
Staying Safe Online EYFS, Year 1 and 2
This video is great to demonstrate to learners in EYFS/KS1 the dangers of pop-up ads. Free games and learning apps tend to be filled with ads, so it is important to let your children know not to click on them and that, unfortunately, they often exist simply to trick people into giving information or money away.
Staying Safe Online Year 3 and 4
A great top 10 video for learners in Year 3 or 4 who may be starting to explore the internet. These are great tips to make sure that all learners stay safe, make sensible choices and are responsible online. There is also a link at the end that parents might want to visit with learners which contains further information.
Staying Safe Online Year 5 and 6
This video is aimed at learners in Years 5 and 6 who may be aware of the existence of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other social media platforms. It talks about why it is wrong to lie about your age, the danger that could potentially put you in and why it is not always good to follow your friends, especially when you know you shouldn't.
Talking to Learners about Online Safety
Please talk to your little learners about the wonders of the internet so that they can enjoy discovering and learning about the world around them. At the same time, please make sure you discuss how to stay safe, make sensible choices online, remember that people online are still strangers and to be responsible members of the online community.
The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 in a campaign to keep children safe online. Their website is full of information such as how to talk to your learner about staying safe online, setting up parental controls and of course a helpline if learners have any concerns they wish to talk about.
Please see our Online safety policy which is available under the 'policies' tab.