The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating. Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way. This year there have been three occasions where there has been the inappropriate use of social media which has involved several students at John Taylor. We would like all of our parents to be aware of this so that you can support your child to use social media appropriately and avoid any future upset. Below is a summary of an assembly that has been delivered to each year.

What is social media? The collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. This implies a positive method to communicate with friends. However, this may not always be the case, highlighted by a clip shown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp5nScG6C5g

The Law:

Malicious Communications Act 1988: electronic communications which are indecent or grossly offensive, convey a threat or false information or demonstrate that there is an intention to cause distress or anxiety to the victim would be deemed to be criminal.

Communications Act 2003: electronic communications which are grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing, or false, used again for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another could also be deemed to be criminal behaviour.

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