In addition, children should not have the ability to download apps. Nor should they have fingerprint ID enabled on their devices. You can easily restrict this function on your child’s device. It’s important you maintain an overview of their communications to ensure they are safe.
We don’t want to alarm people about the dangers, but using adult sites and apps really is unsafe– especially if you don’t have a very close overview of what’s going on and what’s being said and what app is being used.
If we find children have profiles on these platforms we will report this information to the relevant authorities indicating that the child is underage. We held an Internet Safety meeting last week which highlighted the many different things you could do at home to promote safety and enable restrictions on children’s devices. You can download the slides and watch the videos here: http://www.sirjohncassprimary.org/heads-blog/safety-in-a-world-of-technology
At this meeting we reflected on the 4cs in relation to your child’s access to the online world:
· Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
· Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
· Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
· Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
If you need a hand setting up restrictions on your device you’re welcome to come along to school on Mondays to speak to our computing technician who will be very happy to help!