Safeguarding and Online Safety

Carclaze Community Primary School
Safeguarding Team
  • Mr Simon Pollard

    Head Teacher

    head@carclazesch.org

    Mr Pollard is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.

  • Mrs Sam Lenz-Williams

    Learning Mentor

    Mrs Lenz-Williams is a member of the safeguarding team at Carclaze.

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 5th February

 

We took part in the Safer Internet Day this week in school. We hope that your children have shared some of the activities with you. Please use this as an opportunity to discuss online safety with your child.

As a school, we have a growing concern over the number of children accessing apps and websites that are not appropriate for their age. At the end of last term, we shared with you a parents’ guide to keeping your child safe online. We hope that you have found this a useful tool and have been able to discuss your child’s online life with them.

An app that has come to our attention this week is called ‘TikTok’ (previously known as musical.ly).

TikTok is a free social media app that lets you watch, create, and share videos, often to a soundtrack of the top hits in music , right from your phone.  However, because of TikTok's emphasis on popular music, many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be age-appropriate for kids to use on their own.

It's also easy to find people wearing revealing clothing and dancing suggestively, although TikTok won't let you search for objectionable content.

TikTok has a recommend age rating of 13+ years - that means that the content is deemed to be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 13, with many internet safety organisations recommending the app to only be used by children aged 16+.

We have attached to the newsletter today a parent’s guide to TikTok; giving you more information about the app and also tips for helping to keep your child safe. Or please click on the links to access the guide4 and more information from the National Online Safety website and to find out more about safer internet day 2019

 

 

Online Safety

As we return from Christmas, we wanted to remind you of some ways to help keep your child safe online. Father Christmas may well have brought new phones, tablets or games consoles with him this year and we want to support you and your children to enjoy these safely.

There is a range of software available to support parents in the monitoring of their child’s online activity but it can be hard to know which one is best. Internetmatters.org is a really helpful website for parents. It tells you about the different apps available, provides guides to online games and has step by step guides showing you how to set parental   controls on a number of devices and games consoles.

They also provide a parents guide to the monitoring apps available. These help you to limit screen time, internet access, restrict apps and keep an eye on your child’s online life. Many of these are free and are already available on your phone or tablet.

Please click on the links below to access internetmatters.org and the parents' guide.

 

 

 

Talking to your child about their online life is a great way to open up the subject of online safety, but it can be tricky to get things started. This parent's guide has 7 great questions to help you get the conversation started. Playing games together is also a fun way of finding more about your child's understanding of how to stay safe and have fun!