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Dear Parents/Carers
In school we find ourselves having to deal with an increasing number of incidents related to the misuse of WhatsApp groups, these are spilling over into school and causing problems in the classroom and on the playground.
We would like to remind parents and children that the minimum age for using WhatsApp is 16 or over. There are several reasons for this age limit:
Stranger danger: The main hazard for your child is being contacted by someone they don’t know.
Location sharing: If this option is switched on, any images and videos your child shares will include a map showing the location where they were taken. This could reveal where you live and potentially put your child at risk.
Bullying: As with any method of communication, your child is at risk of being bullied, being pressured into sending personal photos and of being exposed to explicit images or photos of themselves.
Ultimately it is your choice as a parent to allow your child access to WhatsApp. But I would like to take this opportunity to urge all parents to keep an eye on their child’s mobile phone or online activities involving social media. As a school we strongly advise you to remove the chat groups involving other children as this can cause issues in and outside of school
E-Safety is an integral part of our curriculum and we will continue to work with all our pupils to ensure they have the skills, understanding and behaviour to keep themselves and others safe on-line. The children are constantly reminded that they must tell a parent / adult if they receive anything inappropriate from any application.
Thank you for your on-going support with this matter.  If you would like to discuss this issue any further, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Kind Regards
Lee-Ann Britten