We know lots of our students use the many social media channels as a way to socialise with friends, for entertainment, and to keep up with world news. There is a barrage of information thrown at students through these channels, and although at school we can talk to students about issues such as internet safety, cyber bullying, or encourage them to question information that may be ‘fake news’, we cannot police young people’s usage.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a whole range of resources to support parents in keeping their child safe online. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
We recommend all families have open dialogue about their rules about accessing social media, and what to do if they have issues.
Speak to your child about which social media channels they are using, it might be more than you think.
These are just some of the apps they might be using to chat and share online: WhatsApp, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord, BeReal, Kik Messenger, Twitch, Holla, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit.
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