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Safer Internet Day: 'Students as young as 13 are using dating apps in class'

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Schools should play their part, certainly; however, as a primary head said just now in an item on BBC lunchtime news, most of the children who have Facebook accounts below age 13 have had the accounts set up for them by their parents...
    wanet and FrankWolley like this.
  3. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Ban the use of phones in schools.

    It's the parents job to monitor it not the school.
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    What does this remind me of.... Oh, yes, I know:

  5. venny414

    venny414 New commenter

    Caught two of my sixth formers using Tinder (the dating app) on their phones and lying about their ages (claimed to be 21 - they're both 16). Flagged this up to SLT as a safeguarding issue and yet was told that it wasn't any of our business!
  6. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter


    A teacher's job is to deliver their subject with competence and enthusiasm. That's it! All the rest is down to parents and social workers. It's NOT a teacher's job to change nappies, play psychiatrist, or spot potential Jihadis, whatever the government might say.

    Anyway, unless a teacher has given permission for its use, a phone should be confiscated on sight, and not returned to the student until the end of the day, at the earliest.
  7. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    School can educate pupils about the internet but again who buys the phone, pays for the account (often) and gives them the freedom to use it often unsupervised - parents.
    Kartoshka, wanet and Middlemarch like this.
  8. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    The same report said kids were remarkably savvy about what to do to block and discourage unwanted attention. Perhaps we should be celebrating that schools already do a good job in educating children on internet safety because, yes, we do indeed spend hours discussing this sort of stuff in school.
    Kartoshka and wanet like this.
  9. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Honestly do not feel anything can be done except move sexual education down a few years so the children at least know about the risks of sexual encounters and unprotected sex. The internet has changed the way young people meet, interact and socialise.

    The net removes the courting process and almost makes modern friendships something you set up as a take away order. Go online, sift through the ads and start chatting. No need to arrange a get to know you date or even be on your best behaviour.

    The great thing about the net, thanks to the USA founding fathers, it is allows free speech. With that you always were going to get children getting to know and meet things their parents were blocked from. I mean, tell a teen his online girl from Asia would have had to wait 2 weeks for a postal letter back yonder and he just won't get it.

    Just as those of us from that time don't get how the lives of teens have changed.

    One thing, we cannot ban the net. Yes, in Europe we try but the Americans and others will ensure everything is still out there. Look at Pirate Bay - hated so much and millions of dollars used to ban it....yet it's still there and kids know how laughingly easy it is to circumnavigate the censors.

    All teachers can do is adjust sexual education. They can do no more.
  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I think that we don't allow children to fail or put themselves in danger, resulting in no understanding / experience of risk assessment. ( The culture of danger the hot water may be hot). Thus when they should be looking at risk, they don't believe that there is any danger.

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