Students - Social Networking

SOCIAL NETWORKING INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 

Social networking is a part of everyday life for many people. It is using the internet to interact, form communities and build connections with people who share common interests.

At Kalgoorlie Primary School, whilst we utilise technology across the school to research, create and interact, we do not require or encourage students to develop personal profiles on any social networking sites. In our Digital Technologies lessons we focus heavily on cyber safety, exploring safe practices to use when on the Internet as well as how to avoid cyberbullying.

Today, 29% of Australian children aged 9-10 years have a profile on a social networking site, as do 59% of those aged 11-12 years and 92% of those aged 15-16 years.

Many social networking sites that are popular with teenagers including Twitter, Snapchat, ask.fm, kik and Instagram are intended for people over the age of 13. The only way younger children can create these accounts is by lying about their age. If you become aware your child under 13 has created an account without your permission, you can contact the site and have the account removed.

There are social networking sites designed for younger children such as Animal Jam, Club Penguin Island, Lego Life, Subway Surfers, Moshi Monsters, YouTube Kids and Pokemon Go. These sites require parents to help set them up.

All social networking sites have their own version of ‘default’ privacy and security settings. It is important that you know how the site works and how to change the settings to protect  personal information. The link included here, from the Australian Government’s esafety commissioner, https://esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking gives you access to step-by-step instructions to control your settings for each social networking platform.

When deciding whether or not to allow your child to use social networking, some things to consider are:

·        It is important to openly discuss online activity and set guidelines.

·        Banning seldom works as he/she may find other ways.

·        Does he/she understand what's safe to share online?

·        Does he/she understand the importance of protecting personal information?

·        Is he/she able to withstand taunts from others?

For more information about online safety, social networking and parental controls go to:

https://esafety.gov.au