This is Joe, he is using social media to chat to his friends. He is complaining how much homework he has.
Joe thought that he was ok to use social media in Year 6. Lots of people were contacting him and asking to be friends, they seemed to know alot about him.
What should I do?
Joe has choices to make, however he has to make the right ones to keep himself safe.
Should I accept them as friends?
Should I tell an adult?
Should I block them?
Joe decided to tell his Mum what was happening and she looked at his laptop. She explained to Joe that he was too young to have a social media account and people could see information about him like how old he is and where he goes to school.
Joe's Mum said he had done the right thing in telling her as he could have been in danger if he had made friends with the people who had contacted him as not everyone is who they say they are online!
Joe doesn't use social media anymore as he is too young. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) states that organisations and people operating them are not allowed to collect data of those under 13yrs old without parents permission. Joe still plays games on his laptop but his Mum has set the privacy settings to keep him safe.