There has been a lot of attention, recently, over the safety of children when accessing the internet. Concerns have been raised over children having social media accounts and their postings falling into the wrong hands. We have, at Riverbank, spoken to the children about internet safety and various speakers, on this subject, have visited school over the years. Still, children are not fully aware of how their safety may be compromised by them accessing the internet and sites such as Facebook and more recently, SnapChat. Primary school children shouldn’t have Facebook nor SnapChat accounts as the minimum age for having access to these social media accounts is 13.
We have received the following document from Aberdeen City Council regarding safety concerns around SnapChat. The document also provides good internet safety advice for parents and children. Please, take time to read the document. Internet safety is of huge importance.
UNCRC / RRSA
Article 16 – Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child’s private, family and home life.
Article 34 – Governments must protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.