St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
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E-Safety

What is social media?

Web and application (app) based communication tools that enable people to interact with each other by sharing and consuming information.

Types of social media

These are just a few of the many forms of social media apps available today.

Facebook

A social networking site that allows users to create individual profiles of themselves and to create, share and consume various forms of media.

Keeping Safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Make sure your privacy settings are high, i.e. allow only friends of friends to send you friendship requests.
  • Do not add or accept friendship requests from people you don’t know (ignore or block them).
  • Report inappropriate posts, comments, images, media and people (click on the link at the foot of this page to be taken to our social media document which includes a guide on how to do this).
  • Report or block followers who you don't know.
  • Be careful what you post, share or like.
  • Do not share private information.

Instagram

Instagram allows individuals to share images or 15 second videos with their followers. These images or videos can be shared either publically or privately, and are taken/created on mobile phones.

Keeping safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Make sure you have a strong password.
  • Opt to make a profile private NOT public (privacy requires the account holder to actively accept followers).
  • Avoid adding phone numbers to profiles (having a number on an account isn’t mandatory).
  • Report or block followers you don't know.
  • You can report a user without having an account (follow the link at the foot of the page to be taken to our E Safety file).
  • Do not share private information.

Snapchat

 

An app primarily used on smart phones which allows users to send videos or images which are saved for a short period of time only.

Keeping Safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Make sure you have a strong password.
  • Only take appropriate photos.
  • Only make appropriate videos.
  • Only snap people you have met personally.
  • Only accept people you know.
  • Edit your privacy settings so that only known people can send you snaps.
  • Report or block followers who are not known to you.
  • Do not share private information.

Twitter

An online or phone app that allows users to send and read short 140 character messages known as tweets. Users are also able to upload and view images.

Keeping safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Make sure you have a strong password.
  • Think before tweeting.
  • Don’t accept or follow people you don’t know.
  • Turn off location in settings (this way, people are unable to source your location as it will not appear on tweets).
  • Watch out for suspicious links.
  • Report or block followers who are not known to you.
  • Do not share private information.

Tinder

 

A dating app that locates people in your region or neighbourhood who you can connect with. The app shows your picture and there is a swipe system where you can ‘yes’ or ‘no’ other people's pictures. This app is one that needs a lot of monitoring. Although there are specific age groups for Tinder, young people are still at risk from using this app. It can connect you with anyone in a locality, not just with those with whom you have friends in common.

Keeping safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Tinder logs in with Facebook accounts (check the images used as FB profile pictures, as these are used on Tinder profiles).
  • You remain anonymous until you connect with people (avoid connecting with people if it doesn’t feel right).
  • The app reveals your location (restrict location range to a local area.)
  • There is infrequent/mild sexual content (monitor the images used to attract others).
  • This app can and will attract sexual predators.
  • Report or block followers who are not known to you.
  • Do not share private information.

YouTube

 

A website designed for sharing videos. Account holders can create and share video media with their followers.

Keeping Safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Underage accounts will be flagged and suspended by YouTube.
  • Set your account to restricted mode (this looks at age restriction and flags particular content that may not be suitable).
  • Age restricted content (certain content may have an age restriction applied to it; only viewers of a certain age will be able to see it).
  • Block users from contacting you and commenting on videos.
  • Think before you post a video. How will this video portray you?
  • Do not share private information.

Periscope

 

A live streaming app that allows users to watch and stream live videos across the globe. Videos are saved and available to watch for 24 hours after streaming.

Keeping Safe:

  • You must be 13 or older to create an account.
  • Restrict who can view your videos by making your video private (select the private option before streaming).
  • Report inappropriate videos (this can be done via the app in the info panel).
  • Report or block followers who are not known to you.
  • Periscope shares your location on a global map (ensure you turn off location).
  • Do not share private information

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