Many people enjoy uploading videos of themselves onto sites such as YouTube. To do so users must create an account and normally this means you have to be over 18. YouTube does allow younger users to have an account, if they have parental permission, but only from the age of 13. It is the parent’s responsibility to monitor and check their child’s access to sites such as this and ensure their honesty.
Did you know that because YouTube is owned by Google, any account created may also link to Gmail.
Lots of people enjoy connecting with friends through internet based sites such as Facebook, YouTube and many others. Although most people use these responsibly, they are open to anyone, and so the content cannot be guaranteed to be appropriate for younger children.
Most sites have age restrictions and so really, no child who is of Primary School age should have an account. It is the responsibility of the parent to monitor such accounts and to know what their children are uploading/watching/saying.
Although children are supposed to be over 13 to be able to sign up to Facebook, many children alter their date of birth to allow registration. Please ensure that if your child is using Facebook they only add friends they know IN REAL LIFE and check their privacy status is set to ‘friends only’ for all information and images. If children use the internet at home unsupervised it is important they know what to do if they come across any material that worries them or makes them uncomfortable. Whilst every effort is made to make children aware of this in school it is vital that parents and carers also reinforce what is and isn’t appropriate use of the internet at home. Children must feel confident enough to come to adults immediately if they are concerned about anything that occurs online. Please be aware that many children may have Facebook accounts even if they have not told you about it! Although Facebook is filtered inside Bearwood Primary School, it is easily accessible on other computers and even through mobile phones.
Stay Safe Online
Children should remember the following tips to stay safe online:
- Safe: Always keep your name, address, mobile phone number and password private.
- Meeting up with a web pal can be dangerous. If you must go, make sure you take and adult with you.
- Accepting emails or opening files from people your don’t know can get you into trouble. They may contain nasty messages or viruses.
- Reliable: Someone online may not be who they say they are.
- Tell your parent or an adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
We advise that computers and laptops are used in a shared room in the house, rather than in bedrooms, where children may give out personal information or access inappropriate websites.