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Safer Internet Week 2019

Together For a Better Internet! 

During Safer Internet Week, year 5 and 6 pupils were visited by Officer Ward and Officer Pule to highlight the dangers and realities of the online world. 

The presentations were informative and the officers interacted with the children in order to gain an understanding of what devices and social media platforms are being used. Some of the children were surprised to find out that the recommended age for some apps they use (Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube etc) are 13 years of age. Even more so, children were equally shocked to learn that 'WhatsApp' recommends that its users are over the age of 16.  As the officers highlighted throughout the session, these restrictions are designed to protect children from content that may be unsuitable for them. 

During the session a particular video was shown to emphasise the risks that children may face online. The video has been confirmed as suitable to watch for all Upper Key Stage children and has been shown to Year 5 and 6 children in previous years. If you wish to watch 'Becky's Story' please visit NCA Child Exploration and Online Protection (CEOP) and follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=599I1E-rWTU 

The session was then concluded with the officers asking the children to go home and talk with their adults about their online life, checking that their devices are protected and that their social media accounts are set to the highest possible privacy settings. 

If you require any support about online safety you can visit the following website or ask a member of staff to help at any time. As with the theme for this year, we will work together for a safer, better internet. 

www.net-aware.org.uk

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers 

www.nspcc.org.uk