Keeping Children Safe Online

This weekend there was a story in the Worcester News warning of the dangers of a new TikTok craze that caused a Nunnery Wood pupil to end up in hospital. Please read the article so that so that you are able to address this with your children: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19322320.worcester-school-boy-hospitalised-swallowing-magnets-trending-tiktok/

As part of supporting parents in keeping their children safe online, here is a reminder of the minimum age requirements for children to use some popular online apps:

TikTok requires that users be at least 13 years old to use the full TikTok experience. Anyone under the age of 18 must have approval of a parent or guardian.

WhatsApp has an age rating of 16+ and there are no parental controls available.

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. 

Snapchat has a minimum age of 13 years old.

Fortnite is a popular online battle royale video game which has a minimum age restriction of 12 years.

Please remember that it is important to regularly check you children’s phones, tablets and other devices, to make sure that they are safe. Due to the age of the children in primary schools, none of the children in the school should be accessing any of the above-mentioned apps or games.

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