Ensuring our children know how to keep safe online is an important part of our curriculum at Belmont and we are grateful for all the support we have been given by parents/carers over the years. As a new school year begins and we welcome new parents/carers to Belmont, I would like to take this opportunity to explain why we request that any photos/videos taken at school events such as Star Achievers, plays or concerts, are used for personal use only and are not uploaded onto social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.
For the Belmont website and Twitter pages, the school is required to ask permission from all parents and carers before uploading photos of pupils. We also have to ensure that children are not identified in any photos that are uploaded. The majority of parents/carers do give permission, however some have informed us that photos of their children must not be published.
Not only may there be personal or religious reasons for not wanting an image published online, unfortunately there may be times when doing so might put a child and their family at risk. Some children, families or staff may have a complex family background, unknown to the wider school community, which means that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences.
As in previous years, we will ask parents/carers to confirm in writing that photos/videos are for personal use only when we welcome you to events in school.
Thank you once again for your on-going support in keeping all members of our school community safe online.