At Richard Lee we have identified Online Safety as one of the most important areas for teaching and learning. We aim to promote an environment where the use of technology is embedded in the education and lives of children, and where pupils are empowered to make good decisions when online and know how to stay safe.
Below are some links that we feel will be of particular interest for parents and children alike
Following on from our work completed during e-safety lessons at school, we have highlighted the age restrictions for various apps to parents to support in decision making at home about the safer use of the internet and technology. Our message to parents and the community:
The minimum age limits for using various apps are detailed below. As you can see, some of the apps are rated 13+ whilst some are 16+. As such, we would strenuously advise all parents that it is very inappropriate for primary school children to be using some of these apps at all. This advice has been supported by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). If your child uses an adult's phone or any mobile device with social media Apps, then please be aware that posts may be open to the public automatically. To prevent this and to keep your child safe from online predators contacting your children, the security settings must be changed manually, so that only friends and contacts can see anything that is posted.
These limits are in place for a reason: to protect children. Please think very carefully before allowing your children to break age restriction rules and access social media platforms. Please back up our strong Online Safety curriculum provision at school, by keeping your children safe at home.