Parents and families of children in North Yorkshire School a are increasingly using social networking sites such as Facebook to talk to their friends. Sometimes parents have used these sites to criticise or make inappropriate comments about schools or individual staff. Making defamatory comments on the internet has exactly the same serious legal consequences as if they are made directly to someone else. Legal action could be taken against the person who has made the online comment. Similarly threats of violence can lead to criminal proceedings under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
If you have any concerns about anything which happens in school, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or make an appointment to see the Headteacher who will do their best to resolve things. If you are still unhappy, we have a complaint procedure (available on the school website) which will ensure that your concerns are investigated thoroughly and appropriate action will be taken.
Thankfully this issue does not often affect our school community. Hopefully this means that are challenges of communication are effective and between us we are getting quite a few things right and where there are legitimate concerns you feel able to come and discuss them with us. Thank you—and long may this continue!