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What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Sharing Intimate Images

Recently each KS2 class took class in an online safety workshop and it was wonderful to hear their thoughts on how to stay safe online. If your child has a large online presence, you might find this guide informative:

The 6 apps and services that every parent should know about | Parent Info


TikTok What is Tiktok? TikTok is the fastest-growing social media app in the world right now, with young people in particular seemingly bewitched by its music-led short-form videos.. Creativity is the keyword here, with its 800 million daily users finding ingenious ways to turn its 15-second time limit into a tool for expression rather than a restriction.

Please read the advice for keeping your child safe online

Parents' Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids

YouTube Parental Controls

Parental controls exist on YouTube. They are far from perfect and some bad content will still sneak through, but you can minimize the risk that your children will see something disturbing. Here’s what you can do through YouTube’s parental controls:

  • Block specific content types and creators. If there’s a specific channel you are aware of or a genre of content, you can block it.
  • Allow approved content only. Parents can also limit what their children watch by approving specific content. Children will only be able to watch this content and nothing else.
  • Turn the search off. The search function on YouTube can be turned off. This is a great option for parents of children who are able to read and write.
  • Limit use to YouTube Kids. This is a popular option for parents who want a kid-friendly version of YouTube. While it doesn’t block everything, it does remove a lot of the adult content.




Information For Parents- Technology use and the mental health of children and young people

Minimum Age to Use WhatsApp


September is a demanding time of year for families as children get used to being back at school; making new friends, and experiencing the challenges of a new year group. As a child's world expands, so does their 'digital social circle' (relationships they make with others online and in the real world).

To support families, Internet Matters are promoting their back-to-school guides for parents. For more information, visit their website:



Have you heard of Twitch? Chances are your children  have - particularly if they play video games.

Twitch is a live streaming video site owned by Amazon, mostly used to watch other people playing popular games. It can be exciting and fast-moving, but some concerns have been raised about children viewing or hearing inappropriate content, and the commercial promotions on the site,

A guide to the app, with useful comments from children and parents, can be found at: (

Details of parent controls settings are provided by Internet Matters ( .

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Please find a leaflet for parents that has put together for parents, about the game Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is incredibly popular with young people at the moment.The leaflet is designed to be positive and informative, rather than scaring parents. There is advice about the content, how to turn off chat, and where to get help and support. The weblink to the booklet is here:

Roblox Parents Guide leaflet 2018

28th November 2017

How parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online


Anne Longfield

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that parents and carers feel equipped to help children develop the resilience, information and power they need to thrive online.

There is no doubt that the internet and social media give children amazing opportunities to learn, to develop new skills, and to keep in touch with friends. However, it not always clear that the rights that children enjoy offline also extend online.

Terms and conditions for websites, apps and online services are often excessively long and very difficult to understand. This means that many people tick ‘I agree’ without ever reading the first line of a terms and conditions agreement. Yet buried within these documents is important information about the rights of the companies and the rights of the user.

In order to help parents, carers, teachers and children understand these rights, I have worked with the law firm Schillings, who specialise in privacy law, to produce simplified terms and conditions for Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook– the top 5 platforms used by children and young people.

I’ve called on social media companies to commit to simplifying their own terms and conditions. In the 

However, I know that parents and carers would also find this information very useful, so I am making them more widely available to download.

Creating short and simple terms and conditions is one of the first steps in helping children to understand their rights and become more informed digital citizens and I hope these tools will help parents and carers do that too.

NSPCC Share Aware


Share Aware for KS2:

NSPCC ‘Share Aware’ campaign for parents. The Share Aware campaign aims to help parents and teachers keep children safe online. This campaign includes two animations with a serious message deriving from the stories of two children who share too much about themselves on-line.


For more information and to view the resources, visit



• Lucy and the Boy:

• I Saw Your Willy:


Net Aware: Our overview of the safety of 60 sites, apps and games young people use:

Parents Advice online safety

Useful internet safety links


E-Safety at Holway Park Primary School

At Holway Park Primary School, we take e-safety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of all children to feel safe and secure when using technology.

We teach children to use the internet and other technologies safely, and we show them how to behave in an appropriate manner. They know what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear either online or through other technology such as mobile phones. We have a simple procedure which we hope is also used at home:

If anything makes you feel scared or uncomfortable online tell a responsible adult straight away. Don't be afraid you will get into trouble.

It is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle with regard to the use of technology, and teach children about the risks of exposure to inappropriate content or too much time in front of a screen.

We show children how to keep their data and security safe, and we teach them to be critical of the things they see online.

Our e-safety policy and ICT policy hold detailed information about how we ensure our children remain safe in their use of technology.



As a member of staff at Holway Park Primary School, you have signed the Acceptable Use Policy on the use of technology at school.



Remember our golden rules when you are at home.



It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology.



All visitors to the school have to turn off all mobile devices with cameras before they are allowed access to the pupils.




It has come to our attention that some children at Holway Park School have Facebook profiles even though according to the sites terms and conditions, the permitted minimum age to use the site is 13.


Holway Park School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the Internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern. 


Websites such as Facebook offer amazing communication and social connections; however they are created with their audience in mind. This is specifically 13 years and over and meets with the requirements defined by US law (Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act.)


There are special safeguards in place for those users who register as under-18s. However if a child registers on Facebook implying they are 18 or over, there are no automatic safeguards applied to their profile.


Other possible risks for children under 13 using the site may include:


  • Facebook use “age targeted” advertising and therefore your child could be exposed to adverts of an inappropriate nature, depending on the age they stated they were when they registered
  • Children can accept friend requests from people they don’t know well which could increase the risk of inappropriate contact or behaviour
  • Language, games, groups and content shared on Facebook is not moderated, and can therefore appear to be offensive, illegal or unsuitable
  • Photographs shared by users are often neither moderated nor restricted and therefore children could see inappropriate images. They can even post their own.
  • Underage users are less likely to manage their online privacy well.
  • Facebook could be exploited by bullies and for other inappropriate contact
  • It is important to remember that if your child can lie about who they are online, so can anyone else.


There are many social networks designed for a younger audience. These can act as useful and safe environments for children to learn how social networks operate and to build up their online resilience and skills.


We feel it is important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites. Parents should make an informed decision as to whether to allow their child to have a profile or not.


Should you choose to allow your child to have a Facebook profile, we strongly advise you:


  • Help your child to make their profile safer by having appropriate privacy settings in place. Details of how to do this can be found at

  • Talk to your child about safe and appropriate online behaviour such as sharing personal information or posting offensive messages or photos

  • Think about installing the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) application from on their profile. This places a CEOP “Report Abuse” button on their Facebook page and has been known to deter potential offenders.

  • Get yourself up to speed with the latest guidance and advice. Try or Connect Safely/iKeepsafe “Facebook Guide for Parents”

  • If you need to play a more active role in your child’s online life, you may want to set up your own profile to understand how Facebook works. You may even want to agree with your child to be “friends”.



  • Make sure your child understands the following guidance:

    • Keep your personal information under control; think, “Would I tell this to a stranger?”

    • Be careful what you share with online “friends” as you may not know all of them well

    • Use “friends lists” to help manage what information you share with whom

    • Be careful what you post; it says a lot about you.

    • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult

    • Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you


We will take appropriate action if a problem comes to our attention that involves the safety or wellbeing of any of our children.


There is a wealth of free online resources for parents with information on keeping your child safe online, including the following: