But children do also face risks like cyber bullying or seeing content that's inappropriate. Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.
At the recent E-safety Evening, Adele Gladman outlined a number of strategies to promote safe online activity, as well as speaking about the potential dangers faced by young people when using technology. This was an excellent evening and many thanks to those parents who attended. If you were unable to attend, we strongly recommend that you read the E-safety Evening Presentation slides (link available in this page) and speak about e-safety with your son. The slides towards the end of the presentation give practical tips on how you can promote safe internet use and list a number of resources that are very useful. Please do take the time to read this and think about a few easy steps you can take to help your son be e-safe.
We have also attached a number of resources which give advice on the use of social media. Please remember that the minimum age to access Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat is 13. In reality, we are aware that a number of boys still have access to these apps or may be planning on using them in the future so, although they should not be using these apps yet, we felt that it was important that support information was available.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.
We hope you find these resources useful, and will help reinforce the messages we have been sharing with the boys in school.