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Social Media & Your Family

We are truly now living in the age of social media and it can have a very positive and meaningful impact on our lives while at the same time it can cause many issues for those not able to appreciate the power of it or control their own behaviour when online.
We have recently had several issues again come to light – particularly with students in Year 5. In many of these cases – parents were not aware students were using / engaging with social media and online communication while at home.
The following are important reminders for all parents who have children with online devices at home.
  1. DO NOT let the students take personal devices capable of internet browsing into their rooms unsupervised.
  2. Assume that your children will most likely know more about how to access settings and controls on the device to allow connectivity.
  3. DO NOT give your child your Apple ID password.
  4. Most social media sites (Facebook, Instagram etc) have age limits and students have to be over the age of 13.
  5. Many other apps that students like to use now have the ability for the students to communicate via their in app community.
  6. PS4’s and XBOX games have the ability for students to communicate online – do you know what / who your children are playing with and talking about when playing online?
Most primary school students find it hard to manage social media well and will need assistance from adults. We cannot assume that they will be able to safely navigate the online world without adult support.
Labrador State School will be running workshops in the New Year for parents on how to manage this in your homes as well as how to safely setup your devices for your children’s safe access. More news on these planned parent meetings will be placed in the school newsletter and Facebook page early in 2017.