12 October 2020
Re: Social Media use by students
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with our return to school. It has been a period of adjustment for staff and students alike and your patience and understanding has
allowed us to continue to keep everyone safe whilst ensuring our students receive the best quality education.
I am writing to ask for your continued cooperation with social media and its usage outside of school.
Since we welcomed back our students, there have been a number of issues and incidents that have
arisen in school due to student’s conduct when using social media platforms outside of school. I am asking that you continue to work with us and closely monitor your child’s use of all forms of social media
In a similar vein, we are concerned about the type of content, especially through TikTok, that children are being exposed to. We highlighted the issue of live streaming to parents a number of weeks ago and
asked you to monitor your child’s TikTok access. Our concerns are mirrored as a recent study completed by Europol has also identified that during lockdown, the area of cybercrime is one of the crime areas most affected by COVID-19. This includes online child sexual abuse. As both children and offenders have been forced to stay home and spend more time on the internet, the threat stemming from online child sexual abuse has increased. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to closely monitor your child’s use of social media and ensure that they are not at high risk of becoming a victim of
this type of crime. I will be working with students and tutors to ensure that students understand the implications of the misuse of social media and how they can keep safe online. However, only by working together can we address these issues.
There are a number of organisations and charities that can support guiding young people through social media usage, I have included two below.
Thank you in advance for your support with this matter.
Miss L Preston
The Raising Standards Team