Urgent Message for Parents/Carers
On Behalf of Pembrokeshire Education Service and Dyfed Powys Police
Urgent message for parents on behalf of Pembrokeshire Education Service and Dyfed Powys Police
Schools have and continue to work closely and effectively with pupils to ensure that they are supported in their learning and well-being. It is therefore a significant concern that numerous fake social media accounts have been created, targeting unacceptable comments towards schools and individuals. The content of these false accounts are completely inappropriate and a cause for concern.
Schools have reported that the vast majority of pupils have displayed a mature attitude and shown their displeasure with this content. Dyfed Powys Police will continue to work with schools to further increase awareness of the impact of harmful content and the consequences of such actions. We kindly ask that parents/carers discuss the appropriate use of social media with their children and continue to support schools in promoting respect and kindness.
The school also has the right to undertake appropriate sanctions against pupils if they are involved in incidents of inappropriate behaviour of this nature.
The following guidance is useful:
- The Social media guides - UK Safer Internet Centre contains details of the different social websites that provide safeguarding guidance for parents to take action
- Inappropriate content should be reported to the TikTok platform and these two links help:
Report Harmful Content | SWGfL
Report Harmful Content - We Help You Remove Content
The SWGfl states, “We’re working with TikTok, who know and understand the issue and are taking action to remove or delete content. We have escalated hundreds of accounts to TikTok for review and they are getting there slowly and responding when they can but we have totally bombarded them, so, likely to be a short delay on these.”
All school police officers are aware of the current issues and the police Chief Inspector has been made aware of this challenge in schools.
29th November 2021 12:49