E-Safety

At Bedenham Primary School, we are fully aware of how worrying it can be when trying to ensure that your children are safe when using ICT equipment at home. That is why we have developed this new space on the website to give you up-to-date information on E-Safety at home.

In school, we are committed to providing the children with a range of advice on E-Safety issues and ensuring that they have the skills to be prepared for a continuously changing digital world. In order to tackle the wide range of E-Safety areas, the children have specific focuses for each term.

In order to help you tackle a range of E-Safety issues at home, we have collated information from a few sources to help make sure you have as much information as possible.

 

Young People and Social Networking Sites

Social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and countless other web spaces, are services people can use to connect with others to share information like photos, videos, and personal messages. Recently, the Telegraph stated that ‘A new study finds around 59 per cent of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10, and 43 per cent have messaged strangers online by the age of 12.’ Therefore, we felt it is important for you to have the facts on how to keep your children safe.

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Below is a really useful guide to age restrictions on social media platforms. We understand peer pressure can lead children to demand from their parents that they have a Facebook account, or similar, but these restrictions exist for a reason (safeguarding) and it is important to stick to them as much as possible.

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Facebook

Age Restriction: 13+

This is arguably the most popular social networking app. On here, users can upload pictures, videos and statuses to socialise with friends and other users. You can also add your location and who you are currently with. If the users account is not private and everyone can see that user's location, this can be a huge risk. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your child's account is as private as possible so only close friends can see this.

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Facebook Messenger

Age Restriction: 13+

Alongside Facebook, this is the messaging app that was introduced a couple of years ago. Nowadays, you can share pictures, videos, your location and plans with people or groups. You can also make calls or video calls to your online friends.

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Twitter

Age Restriction: 13+

This is also arguably the most popular social networking app. On here, users can write messages up to 140 characters long which can be viewed by the world, or chosen followers (depending on privacy settings on the app). These can then be shared and replied to by others. You can also send direct messages to other people.

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Snapchat

Age Restriction: 13+

Snapchat has been the biggest craze in the social media world since it was released. It is mostly known for being able to send picture messages to people for a certain amount of time, however you can now send pictures that will last forever, until the person who has received the image taps off it. Alternatively, the person on the other end can screenshot the image and keep it stored on their phone.

Alongside images, you can send videos too and if two friends are online at the same time, you can make calls and video calls with them.

Snapchat also features 'Stories', which allows all your friends (or everyone depending on privacy settings) to see pictures/videos that you upload to your story. Each picture/video on the user's story lasts for 24hrs and is then deleted forever unless saved on user's phone, or another user screenshots it.

A most recent update that has caused some controversy is 'Snapchat Maps'. This allows other friends/people to see your exact location, depending on whether location services have been enabled for Snapchat. There is an option for everyone not to see your location - this is called 'Ghost Mode' and is located in the Snapchat Map Settings.

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WhatsApp

Age Restriction: 16+

Users can send messages, pictures, videos and their location to people in their phonebook (both users must have WhatsApp installed and be a contact on their phone to be able to talk to each other over WhatsApp).

You can also call and make video calls to online users.

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Instagram

Age Restriction: 16+

Users can upload photos and short videos to Instagram which can be viewed by everyone, or only their followers depending on their privacy settings. Other users can then like and write comments.

You can also directly message, send photos/videos to people.

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YouTube

Age Restriction: 13+ (with parental consent)

Users can upload videos that can be viewed by the world, which can then be liked/disliked, commented on and shared. Alternatively, you have the option to make videos that you upload private, so only yourself can view the videos.

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Kik Messenger

Age Restriction: 13+ (with parental consent)

Users can send messages, photos and videos to people in their contacts and other users. You can also create groups on Kik Messenger.

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Age Restriction 13+

Skype allows users to phone one or more other users on their contacts via audio or video chat. Users can also send pictures, videos and other types of files to people.

 

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Oovoo

Age Restriction: 13+

Oovoo is pretty much an alternative to Skype where users can phone one or more other users on their approved list, via audio or video chat. Users can also send pictures, videos and messages to approved users.

Parent Advice on Video Games and E-Safety

Within the guide (Below) you can find out about choosing age-appropriate games, setting up parental controls, and making sure their child’s video game experience is safe and secure.