Social Media Awareness
It has been brought to our attention that some children at MPS are accessing and using social media such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. We have had some children come into school saying that there is cyberbullying happening on the sites and this is not acceptable. We welcome your support in speaking to your children with regards to social media use.
As a precautionary measure, we have decided to arm parents with the knowledge they need in order to assess the safety of these sites. For instance did you know:
- Most users of social media have been subjected to cyberbullying, both from people they know and strangers;
- All users must be over the age of 13, which means that primary school age children are restricted on the site;
- There is no guarantee that the sites are free from bugs and virus’ therefore putting your child’s device(s) at risk;
- As a user you grant free-licence to your data, username, voice and likeness to identify you as the user;
- Parents have expressed concerns around the inappropriate language of some of the videos posted which may make this less suitable for younger children;
- Predators seeking to connect with children is another risk that parents have raised;
- The minimum age to present a live stream, on TikTok, is 16, which is five years older than a primary school leaver’s age.
Whilst as a parent/carer it is totally your decision whether you allow your children to access social media or not, it is better to be armed with the tools you need in order to ensure their safety online. You can find lots of useful information here.