TikTok does offer its users a range of settings to customise their experience and make it safer for young people. And although it’s important to bear in mind that settings and parental controls don’t eliminate risk, they can be a good first step.
How to make an account private
One of the main concerns parents often have about social media is that their child might be contacted by strangers who might not have their best interest at heart. By making an account private, other users must be approved before they can see and interact with your child’s content or contact them. Here’s how to set it up:
Go to your child’s ‘Account’ section and tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the screen.
Select ‘Privacy and safety’ from the ‘Settings and privacy’ menu.
Toggle the ‘Private account’ slider at the top of the page.
Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Physical and Mental Health Advice Support Services for Students.
Services to support students health and wellbeing continue to operate (as listed below).
School Nurse Services (Chat Health): ChatHealth, a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (11 year olds plus) to contact their local Public Health nursing (school nursing) team and is available on 07480 635486
Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people (11-19 years plus) available at all times https://www.kooth.com/ and includes accessing online counselling support (Monday – Friday: noon – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm)
Beam Drop in-service (anyone under 19): All face-to-face services have been cancelled; updates will be placed on Twitter @beamsandwell
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF FREE SCHOOL MEALS, WHETHER OR NOT YOUR CHILD TAKES A MEAL IN THE CENTRE, PLEASE LET US KNOW. WE COULD BE LOSING VALUABLE FUNDING.
Operation Encompass is a police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership that supports children and young people exposed to Domestic Abuse. It aims to ensure Schools are notified in a timely manner of any Domestic Abuse incident where child/ren are present or registered at the address. This early notification should mean that, in the majority of cases, schools are alerted in readiness for the children arriving at school the first working day following an incident. Operation Encompass went live week commencing 1 October 2018 and the aim is that schools will know as close as possible to the start of the school day that the child has been or may have been exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
Many children and families struggle during the school holidays when free school meals are no longer available. Information for parents / carers - food poverty and holiday hunger guidance can be found by clicking on the link below: