School guide for safe and responsible use of images
As parents and carers, we all enjoy treasuring images of our family & friends. We understand that social media has become part of our everyday lives and during the past few years it has become very popular to share images of family and friends on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.
However, we ask that you are mindful that in schools we all have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children and staff, including those who DO NOT want their images shared online.
In response to this we have put together our guidelines for safeguarding our school community, which we advise you to read and follow.
We ask that parents and carers do not take photos and video of school productions. Instead, please sit back and enjoy the show! We will provide an opportunity to take photos of your child at the end of the performance. We request that images are not shared on any social media networking sites online. This is for the following reasons:
- Not only does an image or video stay online forever, but content can also be copied and shared to a wider audience.
- There could be some children who are at risk and must not have their image put online. Please bear in mind that not all members of the school community will know who the children at risk are.
- There may be personal or religious reasons why people do not want their image online.
- In some cases, children and staff may have a complex family background, which means that image sharing online can result in unforeseen consequences.
Our advice is to think before you post images online and ensure that children other than your own cannot be visually identified.