Date Accepted by Governors: Spring 2021
Review date: Spring 2024
Technology and Social Media are a fundamental part of 21st Century life. They are encompassed in one of our three aims: “The development of effective communications and language skills so that children can be confident and powerful communicators.”
The school has an established culture that promotes and enhances the positive mental health of the whole school community, recognising that healthy relationships underpin positive mental health and have a significant impact on learning, health and wellbeing. We champion the expectation that ‘mental health is the individual’s responsibility supported by the whole school community.’
Social media technologies take on many different forms including, but not limited to magazines, internet
forums (message boards), weblogs (blogs), microblogging (Twitter), social networks (e.g. Facebook etc.), chat rooms, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video and virtual game worlds (e.g. Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin, etc.).
The following guidelines apply:
When placing information on social networking sites, staff, governors, parents and carers must follow these guidelines:
The school respects staff, parents/carers and governors right to a private life. However, the school must also ensure that confidentiality and its reputation are protected. Therefore, the Head Teacher, staff and governors expect all staff, governors, parents and carers to:
If there is a problem, we will:
Ash Grange Primary School is committed to ensuring that all of its staff, governors, and parents/carers and pupils are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Cyber-bullying methods could include text messages, emails, phone calls, instant messenger services, circulating photos or video clips or by posting comments on web sites, blogs or in chat rooms. Children, staff, governors, parents and carers who cyber-bully could also face criminal prosecution under various laws, including the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
If necessary, action will be taken against any member of staff, governor, parent or carer who is found to have breached this Policy. Refer to the Disciplinary Policy, Staff Code of Conduct, Whistleblowing and Complaints.