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On Monday 22rd May 2017, Anna, from the NSPCC (National Society of Provision of Cruelty to Children) visited Heronswood Primary School to lead a Parent workshop based on online safety.


Anna explained that the NSPCC receives at least 3000 calls a day from children who have gotten themselves into difficult situations online. Talking online is one of the biggest concerns, this is especially the case with younger children where the word ‘friend’ can be misunderstood.


Parents had the opportunity to discuss worries they may have and these centred on the age limitations for using social media and how this is enforced.


The website NetAware was shared with parents. This is a very useful website for parents who feel their children know more than them. It tells you about apps you are unsure of, minimum age and level of suitability.


One of Anna’s key messages was to have boundaries and directions from a young age as older children are less likely to listen. Have rules and stick to them.


Her second key message was in relation to ‘location settings’ on children’s devices. She explained that these can pinpoint a location within 10 yards. This can be particularly frightening if they are talking to people online. She advised turning these off.


Parental feedback stated – I need to increase parental controls, I need to take more interest in what my child is doing online, I need to talk to my child so they can share what they are looking at, I assume things are safe but actually that might not be the case.


For further information Parents can visit the Share Aware website or call 0808 800 5002


Please see our school website for more guidance on keeping safe.  You will find it under Parent Info – Safeguarding



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