On Wednesday 6th a policeman (PC Williams) visited our year 5 classes to talk about on line safety and use of social media. He talked to them about the dangers of online activity and how easy it is for others to collect data and identify who a person is and their location.
He informed them that they should not be using many social media apps as they are not old enough. Cyber-bullying was a key aspect he spoke about. He talked to them about being responsible when using social forums and how to react to online bullying if they ever experience it.
Did you know that children who are aged 10 and over can be taken to court and prosecuted if they commit a crime? PC Williams explained to the children that they are now at an age where they are considered responsible for their own actions in the eyes of the law. He also explained that they may think they have deleted a message but it can be traced by the police.
We encourage all parents to monitor their children’s phone use. Most popular apps have minimum age restrictions so our children should not be using them. Whats app is 16+, snap chat, instagram are 13+ Tik Tok is 12+.
For further information about how to keep children safe online please go to our online safety page or visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/