In school the conversations about e-safety will continue. Through the rest of this week there are further assemblies, lessons and lunch time activities planned to engage children of all ages. We have found that social media use continues to be a hot topic. Recent research shows one in five 8 to 11 year olds and seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds have a social media profile.
Obviously, compliance to the social media age requirement depends upon individual free will. However, thirteen years old is the lowest age at which American federal law allows organisations to collect a person’s personal information. Therefore, stating that you are thirteen or older allows social media companies to store or sell your personal information. Last year a London law firm simplified Instagram’s lengthy terms and conditions to a single sheet, you can read our highlighted version here.
New social media sites spring up regularly and the Children’s Commission acknowledge that an appropriately managed social media account can be a positive experience for many children. However, it is important that children know how to keep safe with what they share and understand how to seek guidance to manage their online friendships.
On the subject of keeping safe, click here to listen to today's teacher podcast by Miss Gibbons.