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How does your school deal with social media issues

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by joby59, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. joby59

    joby59 New commenter

    What does your school do with complaints from parents about children’s behaviour on social media outside of school - insults/bullying/**** etc? Ours tend to consider it as not on school grounds , not for us to manage - what do you think ?
  2. sarah_dann1

    sarah_dann1 Occasional commenter TES Behaviour peer advisor


    When I worked in an inner city school, we had an on-site police officer and these sorts of issues were passed on to them. It worked well because it very clearly made the point to students that they are accountable for their online actions. The police officer was able to access the social media sites, take screen shots and use them to show that evidence exists in the same way online. This was effective in curbing the issues and it was backed up with PSHE modules to discuss social media use. On the whole, parents supported this approach.

    Now, I work in a rural school and we don't have this sort of provision. When these issues are reported, they are usually dealt with by pastoral heads of year. There seems to be more gossiping by students from this method but they are at least tackled head on. Parents/students are encouraged to take evidence themselves and then this is discussed in meetings with HOYs, parents and involved students.

    Of course, it'a an enormous drain on teacher time and a lot of it is petty, but it is part of their lives and I don't think it's good enough to say it's nothing to do with the school. We all know there's not much equality in terms of the parenting our students get, so we do need to support them in this aspect.

    What do others think?

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