Easing your way into E-Safety
Social media is here to stay and the School embraces the positive use of online social media platforms. We must also, however ensure that our young people are equipped with the right skills to keep safe and to protect their online reputation, both now and in the future. These are vitally important issues and, working in conjunction with parents, this is a core aim at Monmouth School for Boys.
Please support us in warning pupils away from inappropriate actions; the School can police its own internet access, but no one else’s. An explanation is provided here.
In addition, we strongly advise parents to ensure that their own filters and security settings at home are robust.
Parents and pupils benefited from a series of specialist lectures by International E-safety expert Karl Hopwood (pictured) – a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. Please click on the following links to access Karl Hopwood’s materials which contain practical guidance and relevant web-sites…
- Supporting young people online – A guide for parents and carers (PDF – 660KB)
- Parents Guide to Instagram (PDF – 608Kb)
- Parents Guide to Snapchat (PDF – 518Kb)
- Parent sessions Jan 2015 (PDF – 301Kb)
Educating ourselves and empowering young people with the knowledge they need to keep safe online is the way forward. We also need to make sure they talk to us if something does go wrong. We appreciate the support of both parents and pupils in driving forward these values.
Social Networking and Minimum Ages
What is ‘WhatsApp’?
WhatsApp is a messaging app that lets you send text, pictures and video to your friends anywhere, free. It works on all the major mobile operating systems; unlike the text messaging services offered by mobile network operators. By default, WhatsApp will automatically download images over your cellular connection to provide you with quick access to your latest photos, which will show up in your gallery.
BE AWARE: if there are ANY indecent images on your mobile phone you could be prosecuted for sexting, which is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video on their mobile phone, usually in a text message: Read more about cyber bullying and the law
For help and advice: http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/pages/sexting.aspx
Instagram is a free photo and video sharing app available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone. People can upload photos or videos to the service and share them with their followers or with a select group of friends. They can also view, comment and like posts shared by their friends on Instagram.
It states on their web-site: Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is underage and that they’re not following our Terms. We’re generally forbidden by privacy laws from giving unauthorized access to someone who isn’t an account holder. For further details…
The minimum age for opening a Facebook account is 13. You can delete an underage child’s account on Facebook by completing a child data request form:https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/174263416008051
Facebook Family Safety Centre: Provides useful information and tips for parents and carers, teens and educators. These pages do not require a Facebook account in order to view them.www.facebook.com/safety
This is the photograph messaging application that has captured the imaginations of teenagers.
The web-site states ‘Snapchat is not intended for children under the age of 13. Minors ages 13-17 should have permission from a parent or legal guardian before using Snapchat…Children under the age of 13 are only permitted to access a special version of Snapchat, called “SnapKidz,” which they are automatically directed to upon sign up.’
BE AWARE: Photographs CAN be saved by the recipient, without the sender knowing. In addition, it has been used for sexting, see Eton College announcement…
The minimum age for opening a Kik account is 13. Click here for information on how to deactivate a Kik account: https://kikinteractive.zendesk.com/entries/23593116-How-do-I-deactivate-my-account
Other useful websites:
Links to recommended anti-virus apps