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Parents' Meetings: Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Further to the brief item tucked away in January’s newsletter, here are details of forthcoming information evenings that will be of interest to parents seeking to keep their children safe online.

 

PCSO Georgina Dodd writes:

 

I am holding two parents evenings to inform parents how they can keep their children safe on the internet. This comes from a few worrying comments by young pupils stating that they talk to strangers online via games on their tablets/phones, and also saying that their parents do not keep an eye on what they are doing. Even myself, I’ve had to research the new games and apps that children are using, and only through the job have I realised how dangerous they can be.

The topics I will cover are:

  • ·Apps and games children are using
  • ·What options these apps have (live chat, permissions etc.)
  • ·Apps parents can use to keep tabs on what their children are downloading and using
  • ·Sexting

With regards to sexting, I can appreciate that primary children are too young to be taught about it, but it is easier to inform parents early on about the laws around sexting and sending inappropriate images as a minor. They can then decide to talk to their children when it is appropriate. This is one of the largest issues in secondary schools and it is serious: a minor sending inappropriate images could be prosecuted for the creation and distribution of child pornography.

Because of the subject matter these parent evenings are not for children.

 

There are two evening meetings:

  • Rowde Primary School, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday February 5th: principally for all Devizes town schools and neighbouring villages
  • Dauntsey’s Academy Primary School, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 5th: principally for the neighbouring villages in rural Devizes (but come if you can’t make the February meeting).

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