Sent out 23rd March 2021:

Dear Parents and Carers

Childnet have released a new resource for parents of children aged 9-12, to talk about the issue of online sexual bullying. Often this is a very difficult area to discuss but Childnet suggest that “it’s the thing that is happening online, but nobody talks about.”

Their leaflet is attached and there is also a video you can watch but I think the leaflet is more informative. If you would like to watch the video, click on this link – Online Sexual Bullying: Advice for Parents and Carers of 9-12 year olds – Childnet

Best wishes
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

Advice Leaflet

 

Sent out 9th March 2021:

Dear Parents and Carers

From inception, Snapchat have focused on helping real friends connect when they’re apart and to feel comfortable expressing themselves in the moment. The app was created as a tool to make people feel comfortable expressing themselves with their camera. Snapchat is deliberately built differently to traditional social media, in ways that make it much safer. Snapchat continually encourage parents and teens to have regular conversations about appropriate use of Snapchat and other platforms which is why they have put together the attached guide. 

If you’d like to find out more about the safety and reporting features on Snapchat, you can also use the attached Snapchat Checklist which answers FAQ’s around reporting and control.

Best wishes
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

Parents Guide to Snapchat
Snapchat checklist

 

 

Sent out 12th January 2021:

Dear Parents and Carers

The last year has been anything but normal and it’s been a challenging time for lots of families. Over the next few months we are all going to be spending more time at home and on the internet. The NSPCC have developed a Lockdown Hub to help you find the latest advice on popular apps and tips to help keep children and teenagers safe online during lockdown and beyond – Online safety in lockdown (net-aware.org.uk).

The New Year is also a great time for your family to create some new rules around staying safe online – especially if your child got a new device over the festive period. There are lots of benefits to spending time online but it’s important to set boundaries about what they can do and how much screen time is appropriate every day. Arrange a time to sit down together soon and agree some rules using the NSPCC’s Family Agreement template – Online safety resources.

This month the NSPCC have also updated their TikTok review (TikTok: A guide for parents) to include information on the latest features added to Family Safety Mode, and published new advice on how to use parental controls on gaming devices – Parental controls advice

It is a good idea to check online safety websites on a regular basis as the organisations who run them are adding new information and updates all the time. Online predators are aware that young people are spending more time online during lockdown and they know how the apps and websites work.

Best wishes
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110