The recent online safety workshops presented by NSPCC in partnership with O2 reminded parents of the importance of understanding our children’s online world.
Along with some sobering statistics around cyber bullying, presenters Heather and Alan gave an introduction to some of today’s most common apps, the age restrictions for each (did you know you have to be 13 years old to use Whatsapp?) and the risks associated with some of the most popular apps.
The three greatest risks are:
- What they see
- Who they meet
- What they do
The key for us as parents is to engage with our children, have the conversation around what they’re doing online, help them set boundaries (e.g. only real-life friends can be online friends, no strangers) and give them strategies to cope with the risks.
Tools and help available online and in person:
- www.net-aware.org.uk – a site that keeps you up to date with the social networks your child is using.
- 0800 800 5000 – a helpline dedicated to parents who may have concerns about their child’s online safety
- O2 gurus – free in-store expertise at O2 to help you set up parental controls, privacy settings etc (Union Street and Union Square stores)
Let’s work together to help our kids speak out and stay safe.
We are proud to be a Rights Respecting school, working towards level 2 of the UNICEF program to implement the 54 articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in our school.
The four main principles of the UNCRC are non-discrimination, participation, best interest, and life, survival and development.
Article 2 on non-discrimination states:
The convention applies to everyone: whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities; whatever they think or say; whatever type of family they come from.
Ferryhill School is a Rights Respecting School. Of the 54 articles listed in the UN Covention of the Rights of the Child, we have chosen 4 articles to be focus areas for our school.
Article 12 of the UNCRC focuses on participation.
Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously
Ferryhill is a Rights Respecting school, having achieved level 1 of the UNICEF Rights Respecting award.
As a school, we have chosen 4 articles to focus our efforts on.
Article 3 focuses on the best interest of our children:
The best interest of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
Ferryhill School is a Rights Respecting School and we have chosen four articles in the UNCRC as focus areas for our school.
Article 6 states focuses on life, survival, and development:
Every child has the right to life and governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.