In the light of recent grooming attempts on one of our pupils, currently being investigated by the police, please can I ask you to be vigilant of your child's Facebook and other social media accounts.
It can be difficult to safeguard them on the internet but here are some suggestions:
Encourage your child to only have "friends" that they have know in the "real world"
Make sure that privacy settings are set to "Friends". Other options are very open. A guide to current Facebook security here: http://www.slideshare.net/NavalOPSEC/facebook-privacy-settings-updated-february-2014
Please remind them that Facebook is a public place. They shouldn't post text or images that they wouldn't be happy posting in your front garden. Remember that regardless of privacy settings, profile and cover pictures are always able to be seen by anyone.
If you have your own Facebook account, have your child as a friend. However be aware that even if you take this step, they can still block you from receiving information about their activities on the site.
Some young people would be happy to give their parents their account password whilst others will see it as an invasion of their privacy.
Social media can provide valuable opportunities for developing good communication skills in the digital age, however it is not without risk.
Thank you for your consideration of these important issues.
Mr J Hart