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Subject: Year 6 Social Media

Date sent: 22nd March 2021, 2:48pm
 
Great Barford C of E Primary Academy

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It has been reported to me that once again there have been incidences of children within the Year 6 group using their social media accounts, WattsApp in particular, inappropriately. Messages by a number of children have content that is both divisive and wholly inappropriate.

 

As stated previously, where it is not our remit to police this, the issues that it is causing is impacting on teaching time, the children’s relationships in and out of school, and most importantly, causing a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of groups and individuals. What the children are saying and doing is having extremely negative repercussions.

 

Please monitor your child’s phone and other similar devices. This is to keep them and others safe. Please talk to them about the platforms they are using.

 

We have listed below a number of social platforms and games that we are aware that the children are using and their legal age of use:

 

TikTok – at least 13 years before creating an account. Parental permission is not a factor NB uploaded videos are public even if your account is set to private.

 

Twitter - at least 13 years before creating an account. Parental permission is a not a factor

 

Facebook – at least 13 years before creating an account. Parental permission is a not a factor

 

Instagram - at least 13 years before creating an account. Parental permission is a not a factor

 

WhatsApp – minimum age 16. This has been raised recently from 13 ahead of the new EU data privacy regulations in May 2018

 

Snapchat - at least 13 years before creating an account. Parental permission is a not a factor

 

YouTube – account holders must be 18 or over and much of the content is restricted to age 18 and over

 

Fortnite - at least 12 years before creating an account. Parental permission is a not a factor

 

I very much hope that you will support us in this as we are very concerned about your children. We have a number of children who have been very upset.

 

We have, and will continue to contact parents if we are made aware of particular children being involved.

 

 

Regards,

 

Sarah Evans

Headteacher