As a school, we work hard to ensure that we educate our students with the important information to keep them safe whilst using the internet. However; it is your responsibility, as parents, to make sure that you are aware of what your child is accessing whilst online.
We strongly recommend that you adhere to the age restrictions on Social Media apps and sites, they are as follows:
Facebook – 13yrs
Instagram – 13yrs
Snapchat – 13yrs
Twitter – 13yrs
Twitch – 13yrs
Tik-Tok – 13yrs
What’s App – 16yrs
Live me – 17yrs
YouTube – 18yrs (13yrs with parental consent to open an account)
It is also important that you monitor how much time your child spends on their digital device. It is always a good idea to set up a timetable / rota where your child is allowed screen time. Also, make sure they switch off when they are in bed and should be sleeping.
Remember – games have an age limit too! These games may seem harmless enough but many of them have unsuitable content, including violence, swearing and drugs and alcohol. Children have also been known to become addicted to them.
We will be adding lots of helpful information and resources to the SharplesSafe section of the school website to support you with this. There will be information about specific social media platforms and apps which will enable you to be as informed as possible, it will have links to reporting platforms as well should there be any concerns that arise.