Social media sites play an important role in the lives of many people, including children. We recognise that social networking can bring many benefits, but there are also potential risks. The aim of this document is to give clarity to the way in which social media sites are to be used by the Woodcote community: pupils, staff and parents. All members of the school community should bear in mind that information they share through social media and networks, even if it is on private spaces, is still subject to copyright, data protection and Freedom of Information legislation, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, and UK libel and defamation laws.
Pupils should not access social networking sites whilst at school without first obtaining permission from a member of staff. Pupils and parents will be reminded that the use of some social media sites is inappropriate
It is possible that a high proportion of staff will have their own social networking accounts. It is important that they protect their professional reputation, and that of the school, by ensuring that they use their personal sites in an appropriate manner.
Staff will be advised as follows:
Bring the school into disrepute;
Lead to valid parental complaints;
Be deemed as derogatory towards the school and/or its employees;
Be deemed as derogatory towards pupils, parents or guardians:
Bring into question their appropriateness to work with children Contravene current National Teacher Standards
Inappropriate use by employees should be referred to the Headmaster in the first instance.
All social media services must be approved by the Headmaster in advance of any educational work being undertaken.
Parents/guardians will be made aware of their responsibilities regarding their use of social media via this policy (in particular when their child joins the school), the school website, letter and school newsletters.
There are four UK statutes that cover the use of Internet technology in relation to bullying. All cases of online bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Anti-Bullying policy. The school can take action with reference to any
incident that takes place outside school hours if it: