Help Your Teens Stay Safe

For years, teenagers spent much of their free time talking to friends on the phone. Today’s teens aren’t so different. They just have more ways to communicate. If your child has been contacted by someone and that person has acted inappropriately, let the academy know, call the police (non-emergency) or file a report with Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) using this link: www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report

Who Can See My Teen’s Posts?
Facebook enables people to control the audience of their posts. Encourage your kids to review their privacy settings and to make sure that they consider the audience when sharing content on Facebook.

Start a conversation
Parents don’t need to be social media experts in order to ask questions and begin an ongoing dialogue with teens. Have conversations about safety and technology early and often, in the same way that you talk to your kids about being safe at school, in the car, on public transportation or playing sport.

It’s about respect
It’s also important to talk about the Golden Rule: treating others the way you want to be treated. This also applies to using new technologies. Make sure your teenagers know where to go for support if someone ever harasses them. Help them understand how to make responsible and safe choices about what they post—because anything they put online can be misinterpreted or taken out of context.

Tips for parents
It can be tough to keep up with technology. Don’t be afraid to ask your kids to explain it to you.
If you’re not already on Facebook, consider joining. That way you’ll understand what it’s all about!
Create a Facebook group for your family so you will have a private space to share photos and keep in touch.
Teach your teens the online safety basics so they can keep their Facebook timeline (and other online accounts) private and safe.
Talk about technology safety just like you talk about safety while driving and playing sports.

Start a Conversation with Your Teen
“Do you feel like you can tell me if you ever have a problem at school or online?”
“Help me understand why Facebook is important to you.”
“Can you help me set up a Facebook timeline?”
“Who are your friends on Facebook?”
“I want to be your friend on Facebook. Would that be OK with you? What would make it OK?”

The Facebook Safety Centre: www.facebook.com/safety/tools

If you have any further questions or want a discussion about any of these issues please contact Mr Griffin (kris.griffin@oatforge.co.uk) or Genna Lowe (genna.lowe@oatforge.co.uk).

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