Social Media: Guides For Parents
Social media is rapidly changing and deeply embedded into the lives of many people. It can bring people closer together but it can also bring its own problems.
Whilst social networks are blocked by our school filtering system, we address the need to be safe whilst using social media during our PSHE and Computing sessions. Most social networks have a minimum age requirement of 13 years old and as such, our children should not be using these services. Aspects of social media are increasingly prevalent in online games where it is used as a tool to create a community of loyal users and keep them coming back. Some of these games are targeted towards children of primary school age, whilst others are aimed at older children but still hold a fascinating appeal for our children.
We would always suggest that you check the minimum age of the social network or game in question and abide by their terms and conditions. As parents, you are ultimately responsible for what your children get up to online. The guides on this page will help you to make informed decisions.
Please note that all guides are maintained by charities and well intention-ed volunteers. Whilst efforts are made to keep guides up to date and relevant, some guides may seem dated in comparison to the rapid development of these platforms.
The UK Safer Internet Centre offer guides to some social networks on their site, often linking directly to relevant settings of the social network itself.
EE are offering a fantastic resource for anyone that is soon to be getting, or recently got their first smartphone, PhoneSmart License. "A PhoneSmart Licence is awarded to your kids on completing the course and shows they have what it takes to stay safe online and be a good digital citizen"
Individual guides have been linked below for easy access.