ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole.
At Priors Wood Primary school, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety Issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has recently come to my attention that many children in our school have TikTok accounts. Many of these TikTok accounts are public and the children's videos accessible to all who come across their page. Some of the photographs show the children in their school uniforms and other situations making them increasingly vulnerable.
This is incredibly unsafe and causes me great worry. I understand that during this challenging time, the children's device use has increased greatly, and many of them have become very good at navigating different applications. This has had some educational benefits but can also leave them open to the many dangers out there on the internet.
I'd like to take this opportunity to please ask you to check on your child's electronic and app use. If they do have a TikTok account, I advise that this account be deleted as TikTok's minimum age limit is 13 years old. However, if it is your parental choice to keep TikTok, please ensure it is private. Please also ensure that you are with them when they are on their devices, and limit their time on Microsoft Teams to school hours only.
Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or require any additional support with this. I will also be reiterating the rules of internet safety at school with the children who attend, and setting some home learning tasks around this too.
Many thanks for your support and understanding.
Mrs R Collins
If you are worried about the way someone is communicating with you online, or the way someone is communicating with somebody that you know, please use this link for help and advice. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/