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Guildford Grove Primary School and Nursery

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Staying safe online

 

Tuesday 5th February

 

Dear parents and carers,

Safer Internet Day

Keeping children safe online is of paramount importance. Over the last few years, we have had to deal with an increasing number of online incidents involving Guildford Grove children. We are concerned that children are using a range of apps such as WhatsApp. We must remind parents and carers that many of these apps have an age requirement and we urge parents to check these requirements before children download apps. WhatsApp requires everyone to be at least 16 years of age and it is therefore a violation for any Guildford Grove child to have a WhatsApp account. It is not designed for users under the age of 16, as it provides no protection for children. Age restrictions also apply to other social media applications and the age limit for these sites including Snapchat and Instagram are 13. Children should not be using these apps, as they are unsafe due to their unfiltered content. 

With the ever-growing number of easily accessible apps, we urge parents and carers to support us, in our mission to keep children safe online. We strongly recommend having open conversations with your children about using apps safely, the people they communicate with and the content they share. We also recommend that parents and carers ensure that their children only use mobiles or other devices when an adult is present.

Please take time to read the ‘Top 10 Apps’ leaflet attached. This give adults information on the apps usage and accessibility.

We would also like to remind you that Guildford Grove does not allow children to bring mobile phones into school. 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Georgia Knight                                                Rona Mackie

Computing Leader                                          Headteacher

 

 

 

Below you will see a selection of websites which offer help and advice on the topic of e-safety and other current themes: