It has come to our attention that a number of children have been setting up You Tube accounts and posting videos on line. When young children see vloggers and You Tubers being turned into celebrities and millionaires, it is understandable that they want to join in, but we are concerned that some of our pupils are making themselves vulnerable by ignoring the e safety rules they are taught.
We would urge you to check whether your child has a You Tube account, or whether your child has posted video or pictures of themselves online, which identify themselves or where they live.
We ask children to remember some simple rules to help themselves stay safe online:
- Never give out your personal details, e.g. your name, date of birth, address, mobile phone number or school name.
- Always let a trusted adult know what sites you visit
- Always let a trusted adult know if you see anything that upsets you
- Never make friends with strangers online, either with talk or in writing and never arrange to meet up with someone you don't know.
- Think carefully before you post a picture of yourself online - once its online you can no longer decide what happens to it.
- Never post a picture of someone else without their permission.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Never use language that you know is wrong, rude or hurtful.
Our concern is that children do know the rules, they just chose to ignore them, thinking that nothing bad will happen to them. Many of our children know more about being online than their parents' generation does, and this can make them feel more in control than they actually are.
Please help your child stay safe by regularly having conversations with your child about online safety; setting privacy settings and holding boundaries, such as no devices after 7 p.m. if that is something that works for your family.
I will follow this up in assembly on Friday with the children, but if you would like to see myself or Tanya Scott to share more ideas of how to keep your child safe online, please make a time to come in.