I trust that you have had the opportunity to review the specific communication from the Head of Development & Operations in relation to a very harmful video that was being circulated across a number of platforms on social media.
Unfortunately the reality of the dangers, alongside the many benefits, of social media is becoming more clear as time goes on. The risks associated with unfiltered or unsupervised access to the internet has the very real potential that our children will be exposed to information, images or other content that is not only unhelpful, but also potentially damaging.
Our senior staff spend considerable time addressing social issues that often stem from unsupervised or unmonitored access to the internet. I cannot stress more clearly the importance of regular check ins, conversations and access to the internet being limited to common spaces in your home.
There are specific guidelines on most social media platforms that wisely restrict access to these for primary aged students. 13+ is common on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. A simple hands up exercise in classrooms often shows that many of our students have access to these sites. I encourage some conversations amongst families to ensure the safety of our children.
It isn't just the alarming video that was embedded into innocent posts on these sites in recent weeks. The over sexualisation of our children is commonplace and something we must seek to avoid.
If you would like to discuss options or advice on these important matters, I encourage you to make contact with one of our Stage Deans, Mrs Nielson, Mrs Hollis, Mrs Hadfield or Mr Stevenson. Mr Connell as our Dean of ICT is another source of support for wisdom in this vital area.