Over the last year, children have learnt how to use technology in new and exciting ways. While this has been incredibly useful for home learning and keeping them entertained when the rest of the world has been closed, it has also meant that children have become exposed to more and more risks online.

While we teach children in RSHE and computing lessons how to use technology and the internet safely, we ask that parents ensure that they know what their children are doing as well as who they are talking with online when not in school.

To do this properly, parental controls should be in place on all devices children use. This would restrict unknown people contacting your child or making friends with them online.

It is important that parents know that social media platforms should not be accessed by children under the age of 13. This includes What’s app, TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram.

Please use the following published guides from www.internetmatters.org to setup parental controls on your child’s devices. The most common devices are accessible below and a full list of common devices can be found by following this link.

How to set up parental controls for the following devices: