Over recent weeks we have dealt with an increasing number of issues relating to students' communication on social media outside of school time. These issues, often stemming from children using apps like Snapchat or TikTok, can cause considerable upset and anxiety for pupils. Friendship problems, arguments or disagreements are commonly made much worse and harder to resolve when social media is involved.
While we understand that social media plays a significant part in young people's lives, it is important that children are guided to use it sensibly, safely and respectfully. Pupils hear this message in school regularly through the assemblies and our PSHE curriculum. They are reminded frequently of their responsibilities and our expectations. Please consider removing apps or blocking contacts that cause concern and be mindful that most social media apps have age restrictions of 13+ and even then, that is with parental supervision and consent. If as a parent/carer you choose to allow your child access to social media, we advise that this it is monitored closely, and you are aware of all communications.
As always, if you would like to talk about this or need any support please contact us at school.
Thank you for your understanding and support with this matter.