Social Networking Sites

 

Users of Facebook, Bebo etc should be at least 13 years old.  No pupil at Cheadle Heath Primary should have one of these accounts and they are not allowed on these sites at school.

Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace or Bebo are online ‘communities’ of internet users with similar interests. Members of the community create an online ‘profile’ which provides other users with varying amounts of personal information.

Once users have joined the network, they can communicate with each other and share things like music, photos and films. The sites are a fun way for your child to stay connected with their friends, family and peers.

 

What are the dangers?

Social networking sites are seen as being very ‘cool’ by children and they may be pressured by their friends into joining them. The sites don’t actually present any threats that don’t already exist elsewhere online. The danger is that the threats exist in a new online environment you or your child may not be familiar with.

As with most potential online dangers, the problems can start if your child doesn’t look after their personal information properly. The risks you need to be aware of are:

  • cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
  • invasion of privacy
  • identity theft
  • your child seeing offensive images and messages
  • the presence of strangers who may be there to ‘groom’ other members