Social Media Usage

Overview

Stansfield Hall Primary School acknowledges the wide and varied use of social networking sites and understands the opportunities to engage and keep in touch with a wide audience.  The school also notes that the inappropriate use of social media can damage individuals and the reputation of the school.  This policy sets out the standards that must be maintained by pupils, staff, governors, and the wider school community.  

Objectives

  • To ensure that the content published and shared on social media by pupils, staff, governors and the wider school community is not harmful or damaging to any other member of the school community.
  • To ensure that things published on social media sites do not damage the reputation of the school.
  • To ensure that the school and individuals are not exposed to legal action for defamation and libel.
  • To stamp out any “cyber bullying” or pupils or staff on social media or other forms of internet sites.
  • To ensure that a proper professional distance is kept between those who work in the school and pupils attending the school including ex pupils who are under the age of 18 but have since left the school.

Strategies

  • The school expects all those connected with the school including staff, governors, parents and pupils not to publish any material or comment that is harmful or damaging to any other member of the school community or damaging to the good reputation of the school.
  • Images of pupils will be posted on school social media sites and the school web site.  A list of children who do not have their permission to have images used is kept in the school office.  Parents who do not wish their child’s image to appear on the internet should check annually that they have notified school.
  • Any “cyber bullying” of staff or pupils to be reported immediately and investigated rigorously, in conjunction with any relevant authority, including the police if appropriate.
  • Social media will not be used as a way to display dissatisfaction or a grievance about the school and the proper channels of the school complaints policy should always be used.
  • Parents will be expected to work in partnership with the school by supporting and upholding this policy and by monitoring their child’s use of social media and network sites as well as the internet in general.
  • The school will report any known breaches of social network site rules eg. Facebook has a no under 13s age policy.

Review

This policy has been created in February 2016 to meet the growing use of social media sites by the school. This policy will be reviewed annually or sooner should the need arise.

R. Walthall (Headteacher) February 2016