Friday 13th May 2022
It has been brought to the school’s attention that issues are arising between some children in Year 6 regarding the use of mobile phones and the use of social media.
In regards to mobile phones, we would like to remind you that we do not allow children to bring mobile phones on to the school site. Whilst understanding the importance digital technology has in the lives of our pupils, our policy of not allowing mobile phones on site stems from the importance of the safety, safeguarding and well-being of all pupils.
From our policy:
- Pupils are not allowed to bring in their own mobile phones/tablets to school.
- Pupils should not bring or wear any smart devices into school. This includes watches with the facility to connect to the internet, take photos and receive messages.
Should a pupil be found to have bought in a phone or smart device, that device will be taken to the school office and a parent or guardian will have to collect it.
In regards to the use of social media, i.e Tik Tok, we would like to support parents in helping their child to make safe choices about what they view and share online. As part of their online safety and SRE curriculums, the children are taught about making choices about what they view and the impact harmful videos and images could have on young minds.
Particular concerns with TikTok are:
- access to imagery that is overtly suggestive
- creating content that could be shared publicly
- sharing content online that could be accessed by strangers
- Possibility of unwanted contact
TikTok has a minimum user age of 13 and therefore primary school children should not have accounts. If you allow your child to use TikTok, please see the linked advice on how to use TikTok as safely as possible. TikTok safety guide to support young people on the app | Internet Matters
Internet Matters is a fantastic website with further resources to support parents and children when using digital technology.
Thank you for your continuing support,
Miss L Earl
Computing and Online Safety Lead