Primary school aged children should not have personal accounts on networking platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. These online services require users to be 13 years old or over. Primary school aged children might be able to successfully use the technology offered by these services but many, if not all children under this age, do not have the sense of responsibility or social sense to safely use these services.
Parents of Primary aged students must teach their children the responsibilities that go with using technology. Parents must closely monitor all communication and check in with their children when they are using online services.
Schools such as St Paul’s will help to teach children how to use technology in a responsible and respectful way and we arm students with strategies to assist them in being safe online but the ultimate responsibility for what your son or daughter gets up to online is your responsibility. Please regulary monitor and check in with your son or daughter’s online activity.