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WEEK 20 - Friday 11 February 2022

On Tuesday, it was ‘Safer Internet Day’ which we chose as the focus of tutor time for that day.  We all know that young people increasingly use online games and social media as their way of staying connected to their friends. In many ways, this can have a positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children but it does come with risks. As a parent, I know that there are always anxieties about who our children are communicating with and what they are being exposed to online.  

Parental controls are available on most of the technology used by young people and are an easy way for parents to track their child's usage. They are designed to protect young people from seeing any inappropriate content such as pornography, age restricted apps or any other adult content. Parents can ensure that their children can only access age-appropriate content, restrict usage, monitor activity and prevent in-app purchases.

It’s also really important to involve ourselves in our children’s online world and make sure we keep up to date on what they are accessing. Maybe start a conversation with your child about what their favourite websites are or what games they are currently playing on. I myself have no interest in gaming and very little use of social media; however, as a parent and the Head of Year 7, I have made it a priority to ensure that I am up to date with the very many benefits and risks that come with using the online world as a young person and I would urge you to do the same.  I am sure that you will find the following guidance useful:

  • Try to spend some time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behaviour.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids' favourite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.

And more information can be found using the following link: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html#:~:text=Never%20post%20or%20trade%20personal,parent%20approval%20and%2For%20supervision.

As always, If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7