The internet has become a powerful and popular tool to connect and share ideas and opinions. In recent years, social networking sites such as Facebook have grown in popularity and, with over a billion users world wide, it is commonplace to use it to communicate with family, friends and other members of their networks and community.
Most adults who use social networking show the same respect and consideration in their online communication with others as they would when engaging with people face to face. In school we value the importance of helping our children become considerate and confident digital citizens and we, as parents and adults, must also strive to be positive digital role models.
It is a matter of serious concern and regret that a number of parents and carers are using social media to complain about, and bully, members of my staff and other members of the ********** School community.
As a school, we encourage parents to support us with the education and wellbeing of their children, our foremost concern is that your child is able to flourish in a supportive and appropriate learning community.
If at any time you feel that you have any concerns regarding your child’s education, you should speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance, or make an appointment to discuss it with me. As a community, we should all frown upon the use of social networking sites by parents to criticise and make unsubstantiated comments about the school or any members of our staff.
There have been a number of cases in the media where people have used the internet to intimidate and bully others, increasingly this includes parents who have made malicious and sometimes threatening comments about teachers, parents and other people’s children at their child’s school. These have been investigated by the police and, in some instances, have led to criminal prosecutions.
The safety and well being of all the children and adults at ************ school are my priority and legal responsibility and, as Headteacher and Chair of the board of governors, we will take legal action and request police support where parents and family members have made untrue, damaging or threatening comments on social networking sites relating to the school, it’s staff and children. Such behaviors are offences under the 1988 Malicious Communication Act, 1997 Protection From Harassment Act and 2003 Communication Act.
Thank you for your continued support.
Headteacher Chair of governors