The school has recently been dealing with a number of issues arising from social networking sites, including Facebook. First of all, can I please remind you to follow age restrictions which apply to the various sites. Secondly, if you do use such sites, please make sure that you set your privacy settings correctly to stop unwanted approaches to your account. It is extremely important that you operate as safely as possible at all times.
Joint agreement on the use of social networking sites
Social networking sites are an inevitable part of many students’ everyday lives. It is recognised that for the vast majority, these sites are used in a proper and respectful manner. This agreement is made to deal with those instances where sites have been used inappropriately, in order to ensure a united and consistent approach across the region. All those party to this agreement do so with the aim of ensuring that all students and staff are free to work in a safe environment where learning is central and not undermined.
Accordingly, any case of offensive, harmful, libellous or otherwise inappropriate postings/messages on social networking sites, or any subscription to a posting which is directed towards any student, employee or Governor within the school community, will be treated as a very serious matter. In any such instance, the school to which the student belongs will trigger its discipline/behaviour policy, putting the individual at risk of exclusion.
Any questions or concerns relating to this agreement should be directed in the first instance to the Head of the school concerned.