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Pupils using Facebook

Some of our children are using Facebook at home. However, the site should only be used by those aged 13 and over.

We have recently discovered that a number of our pupils have Facebook accounts. As you may be aware, Facebook is a popular social networking site for teenagers and adults. It allows members to communicate and become online 'friends' with their real friends but also others who may be complete strangers.

Facebook's Terms of Service state that the site should only be used by those aged 13 and over. Therefore, none of our pupils are old enough to have accounts. We regularly discuss internet safety messages in school and it is important that these messages are reinforced at home. Please take some time to discuss these issues at home too and monitor your children's use of the Internet.

As a school, we subscribe to Superclubs Plus which is a safe social network for primary-aged pupils. All communication via the site is monitored and can be checked by the Superclubs staff as well as our own teachers. The site is only open to children aged 6 to 12, so children have no chance of being contacted by unknown adults (which is possible on Facebook). We do encourage children to use Superclubs Plus to develop their ICT, internet safety and social networking skills at school and at home.

If you have any questions about Facebook or other internet safety issues, please get in touch.

The Downs Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.