Headmaster tells parents to deal with their children’s social media arguments because it is ‘impossible’ for school to police them and pupils in years 7 and 8 are too young to be on the platforms
- Jon Boyes, headmaster of Herne Bay High School in Kent, told parents via letter
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A school has told parents to deal with their children’s arguments on social media themselves because they are ‘impossible’ for the school to constantly police.
Jon Boyes, headmaster of Herne Bay High School in Kent, said in a letter to parents and guardians that pupils in years 7 and 8 at the school are too young to be on the platforms.
He also said teachers were wasting their time intervening in social media arguments, which are the main cause of ‘disagreements, stress, anxiety and trauma’.
‘It is almost impossible to police and difficult to accurately apportion blame, cause, or content’, said the headmaster.
Herne Bay High School (pictured), in Kent, will now not undertake investigations into the misuse of social media platforms as it has ‘no control over it’
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‘I would urge you to try and limit use, to monitor screen time and to reiterate with you that most social media platforms have a minimum age of 13 years old to be able to sign up, meaning that most students in Years 7 & 8 should not even be using social media.
‘We invest an inordinate amount of time supporting young people through the trials and tribulations of life and education, however, social media is having a detrimental effect on this process.
‘After careful consideration and effective after half term, we will not undertake investigations into the misuse of social media platforms or the content within as we have no control over it.’
In a follow-up letter last week the school stood firm and asked parents to talk to their kids about the ‘poor choices’ of social media.
Local Katie Dee said: ‘The head states that social media is the single biggest reason for disagreements, stress, anxiety and trauma.
‘So why let kids have access to it to the point of obsession? You can’t be bullied online if you’re not online.’
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