Social Media

1st February 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has been brought to our attention that some of our pupils are not using social media responsibly.  Issues raised have included bullying, sending inappropriate images and making contact with people they have never met.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is committed to keeping our pupils safe and to promoting the safe, responsible use of the Internet.  As such, we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern as young people’s unsupervised access is leading to them making mistakes and exposing themselves to harm.

Most social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, have a minimum permitted age limit of 13 years, according to their terms and conditions.

We feel it is important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites, so you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not.  Should you decide to allow your child of any age to have a social media profile we offer the following advice:

  • Set up your own profile so you understand how the site works and ask them to have you as a friend on their profile so you know what they are posting online.
  • Make sure your child understands the following basic E-safety rules that we have learnt about at school.
  • Keep your profile’s privacy settings as private as possible
  • If possible, don’t put in your full name, e.g. Bart S, instead of Bart Simpson
  • Keep private information private, e.g. address, phone number
  • Never accept friends you don’t know in real life
  • Never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see, so think before you post
  • Be respectful of others
  • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online
  • Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you
  • We also recommend that all parents visit the CEOP Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online Parents can find a link to this website from our own homepage

Cardinal Hume Catholic School takes e-safety very seriously, and we discuss E-Safety issues throughout the year with our pupils.  If you feel that your child needs further support in keeping safe online, please contact their Head of House.

Due to our duty of care to all the children in our school, we will take action (which may involve the police) if a problem comes to our attention that involves the safety or wellbeing of any of our pupils.

With thanks for your continued support,

Mrs A. Riley

Deputy Head Pastoral

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