Key facts Parents should know about new Apps/ social media.
There have been a number of new ways teenagers can communicate over the few months, which we feel you should be informed about.
Bullying online (cyber bullying) is a serious issue. Any incidents can of course be reported to the school (to James Webb or June Nancarrow), alternatively, students and parents are encouraged to use the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre’s report it button.
We feel it important to stick to these top ten tips:
- Never give out personal details online (address, phone number, full name)
- Turn off location settings on cameras, photographs you post online may reveal exactly where you took them (e.g., on Google maps).
- Think before you post! Would you say it in real life to someone’s face?
- Remember that nothing can ever be permanently deleted – you leave a digital footprint! Many employers look at applicants online presence…i.e. YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE WILL BE VIEWED.
- Don’t download unknown files or click on suspect weblinks – they may contain viruses.
- Report any concerns or inappropriate content to CEOP using the ‘Report Abuse’ button.
- Watch your language & think about your username.
- Think about any photographs you post – avoid adding names and don’t post pictures in your school uniform, or ‘selfie’ images as your profile picture.
- Turn on privacy settings so only trusted friends can see your posts.
- Never meet anyone you only know online in real-life – they often aren’t what they say/appear.