CEOP have released their brand new website, Jessie and Friends for children aged 4-7, their parents and carers, which aims to equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to stay safer online. The website is interactive and helps children recognise worrying, upsetting or scary situations to reinforce the message to 'tell a grown up'.
We would like to remind you about the age restrictions on the following apps:
WhatsApp—Minimum age 16
Instagram—Minimum age 13
TikTok - Minimum age 13
Facebook—Minimum age 13
Snapchat—Minimum age 13
YouTube—Minimum age 13 with parent’s permission or 18 without
Twitter—Minimum age 13
These restrictions have been put in place to keep young people safe. As a parent you need to be taking an active role in protecting your child from the dangers of Social Media. Here are some ways in which you can do this.
- Help them set privacy settings at the strongest level. Sites can change privacy settings so make sure you stay up to date with them.
- Report people and inappropriate conversations to the site administrator via the ‘help’ or ‘report’ tab (if available)
- Teach your child how to block or ignore people and support them in knowing what they can do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Set boundaries about which sites they can use and monitor their devices regularly by checking the history. Teach your child never to share any personal details– this includes their password, real name, address and their school.
- Explain that friends should be people they know—people they meet online may not be who they say they are.
- Stress that meeting up with people they know online can be dangerous.
- Set rules about what they should and shouldn’t post.
- Talk to your child about the fact that what they post cannot always be taken back, and even if it can, it may already have been shared.
- To encourage your child to talk to a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable or uneasy about anything they see online.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Helpful links to look at with your family
Tips for staying safe online:
- Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
- Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.