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Esafety and Social Media
Our home-school agreement states that all our parents and carers adhere to the Social Media policy for school website /Facebook which does not accept defamatory comments towards any staff or child member of our school community. Parents must not put any digital image of children's events/ or children in school on any public website eg. facebook.
It's important for everybody's safety that we are clear about how we use social media sites and what is acceptable behaviour from the people who choose to follow us. We use Facebook to publish information that is of general interest. We do not believe it is an appropriate place to discuss personal matters that are specific to individual members of our community, whether that be children, parents or staff.
In accordance with Cheshire East policy, we politely advise families not to request communication or befriending with any member of staff through social media sites.
The internet can be a difficult place to keep up to date with — many adults feel out of their depth and out of date. The NSPCC Share Aware campaign is for parents of children aged 8-12 to help to provide reassurance and give you everything you need to keep your children safe.
In school we use CEOP's Thinkuknow website to teach ESafety to the children, KS1 are familiar will Hector's World and KS2 use the Cyber Café to learn about staying safe.
We tell our children to share but online it's different. Sometimes sharing online can be dangerous. Parents need to be Share Aware to keep children safe online.
Their website gives straightforward advice that will untangle the web to allow your child to be safe whilst making the most of all the internet can offer and you to feel more confident with what they are asking. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
The NSPCC have produced a parents guide to the social networks kids want to use so you can stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world. They have reviewed sites, apps and games to provide details about what it is about, age restrictions, privacy settings, safety advice and rate the content under various headings. It is clear and easy to follow. Remember age restrictions are put in place for a reason, children below that age are at risk from the content. Most social media sites have a minimum age of 13. It reviews many sites including Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Snapchat, Club Penguin, Pintrest, Skype and many more.
Be aware of the sites and apps your child is using.
In just a few years Minecraft has become one of the world's most popular video games, especially with young children. Minecraft is rated 7 by PEGI and is generally appropriate for kids -it's often compared to virtual Lego -but as always, there are some basic safety tips to keep in mind. A leaflet containing safety tips can be found here.