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TikTok 

Whilst the popularity and use of Tik Tok continues to grow, sadly, so do the number of concerns around it. Please have a look at the following links which you may find useful. 

Parents' Ultimate Guide to TikTok (Commonsense Media)

TikTok app safety – What parents need to know (Internet Matters)

Parenting in a Digital World

Internet Safety Week (14.02.22 - 18.02.22) - How can you help at home?  

Internet Safety week is a great opportunity to engage in some activities with your children at home. 

For Top Tips for Parents and Carers click on the following link: 

https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/advice-for-parents-and-carers

 

You can find tips and links on the website above, with some suggestions on how to get you started and help your child/children to stay safe and positive online. You and your family can #PlayYourPart in creating a better internet by...

 

- Having conversations without judgement

- Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games

- Getting support if things go wrong

- Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them

Sharenting

https://www.barclays.co.uk/moments/helping-younger-generations/Internet-safety-for-children/

Sharenting (or oversharenting) is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents or loved ones to share content based on their children. It’s a good idea for you and your family members to periodically ‘spring clean’ your social media profiles.

Here are some top tips for keeping your family safe online: 

 

  • Review the privacy settings on social media accounts
  • Change passwords regularly – at least once every three months – and avoid obvious or predictable words
  • Think twice before posting personal information about yourself or your family on any social media channel
  • Speak to friends or family members if they’re posting content about your family that you’re not happy with
  • Be open with your child about social media and teach them how to protect themselves
  • Remember, fraudsters often need just a name, date of birth and address to steal someone’s identity

If you want to learn more about the internet or brush up on your digital skills, we’ve got lots of tools and courses in our digital confidence page or you could you speak to someone in person with one of our Tea and Teach sessions.

What Parents and Carers need to know about TikTok

Squid Game 

In school, there are more and more children referencing the Netflix series, ‘Squad Game’. This South Korean thriller features some scenes of fairly brutal violence and is rated 15 by the BBFC. It follows a group of adults who compete to win innocent-looking playground games, but who are killed if they do not succeed at the tasks. Parents and Carers need to be reminded that this is not appropriate viewing for those under 16 years of age.

 

We have also read that there is a viral trend on TikTok (linked to Squid Games) where children are boiling sugar and ending up being admitted to hospital with burns.  

 

Please keep a watchful eye on the content that our children are viewing and remember to speak openly and chat about how they have been spending time on their devices; let them ask questions too. Ensure parental controls are activated and that age-restricted child profiles are properly set up.

 

For more information please click on the link below:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/wakeupwednesday/squid-game-trending-across-platforms-what-parents-need-to-know

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact school.

Thank you.

Useful Links - keeping your child safe online 

What is inappropriate content? Parent advice - Internet Matters

Learn what is considered inappropriate content on the platforms most popular with children and what risks this poses to children. For more advice, visit the Internet Matters hub of advice: https://www.internetmatters.org/issue.

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