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MESSAGE FROM LOCAL AUTHORITY SAFEGUARDING OFFICER REGARDING FACEBOOK OCTOBER 2013

Facebook has recently changed its privacy settings for users so that they are now able to post items publicly – something to date they have not been able to do.

Below are a number of URL links to useful information about the best way to use Facebook in terms of privacy settings and safe use.

These links will be of benefit to both parents as well as young people.

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/17/facebook_loosens_teen_privacy_controls/

http://www.socialmediacoach.ca/blog/66-top-5-overlooked-security-settings-facebook.html

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/316791-facebook-changes-search-policy-here-s-how-to-protect-your-privacy

 

USEFUL RESOURCES:

https://ftp.torbaydirect.com/Login

USERNAME: school (case sensitive)

PASSWORD: ofsted (case sensitive)

 

Digital Parenting Magazine

The newest edition of the Digital Parenting magazine run by Vodafone has now been released.  The magazine is an annual guide for parents on keeping their children safe online.

http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting/learning-and-fun/digital-parenting-magazine.html#

 

Parents’ Checklist

  • Think about how you guide your family in the real world and do the same in the digital world – don’t be afraid to set boundaries and rules for your child from a young age.
  • Have a go at some of the technologies your son or daughter enjoys – play on the Wii together.
  • Talk to your friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to manage their digital world – you might pick up some interesting tips.
  • Make the most of tools like Parental Controls on computers, mobiles and games consoles.
  • Try not to use technology as a babysitter too often – it is important to know what your child is doing and set limits.
  • Make digital issues part of everyday conversation – show your child you understand how important technology is to them and talk about all its amazing benefits.
  • Agree a list of websites they are allowed to visit.
  • Decide time limits for things like using the internet and playing on games consoles.
  • Bear in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles and other devices and agree some rules as a whole family.
  • Familiarise yourself with age ratings on games, online TV, films and apps, so that you can be sure your child is only accessing age-appropriate content.
  • Remember children are ready to learn about keeping themselves safe on the internet as soon as they are ready to use the internet.

 

Grandparents’ Checklist

  • Take an interest in how your grandchildren use digital technologies.
  • Do fun things together, like playing games on their Wii or watching TV programmes on BBC iPlayer and ask them to show you the websites.
  • Talk to them regularly about their experiences in the digital world so that they can build their confidence and know they can turn to you if something upsets or troubles them.
  • Encourage them to share any worries or difficult experiences with an adult they trust.
  • Find out from their parents what technology rules they have in place at home so that you can also stick to them.
  • Make the most of tools like Parental Controls on computers, mobiles and games consoles.
  • Take the things you might already be teaching your grandchildren in the real world and apply them to the digital world – like the importance of being kind and considering other people’s feelings.
  • Remember, even very young children use technology so it’s never too early to encourage them to use it safely and responsibly.
  • Don’t wait until something goes wrong – help them develop the skills they need to take care of themselves.
  • If you discover something that worries you, talk to your grandchild and agree with them what to do next, such as talking to their parents.
  • Have a good look through the Digital Parenting magazine for further information.

 

Child’s Checklist

  • We ask before we use the computer or games console.
  • We let our parents know our passwords – but NO-ONE else.
  • We do not go on any new websites or play any new games without our parent’s/carer’s permission.
  • We agree to get off the computer or games console as soon as our time limit is up.
  • We never give out personal information – such as our last name, address or telephone number – on a website.
  • We tell an adult if we see something on screen that makes us feel uncomfortable, scared or sad.
  • We have rules about how, when and where we can use our mobile.
  • We understand the house rules are to protect us and keep us safe.