Plea for parents to help educate pupils who are mis-using Tik Tok in Moray schools
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PARENTS have been urged to discuss the dangers of misusing social media platform Tik Tok with their children.
The plea has come from Moray Council's education chief Vivienne Cross.
In a letter to parents, she has warned that a small number of young people are risking Police as well as civil action by posting "unfounded, anonymous claims" about adults in school.
Tik Tok is a platform which allows users to post short videos.
Ms Cross said there have been a number of instances of mis-use of the platform in schools in Moray.
"Unfortunately there have been a number of reported instances of this in our schools, with videos which include images of school staff/pupils taken from online sources or even recorded in school, alongside statements which could cause reputational damage".
She said many young people are responsible in their use of Tik Tok, and keep themselves and others safe.
However, she said a small number are not doing this and she has urged parents to play their part in resolving the problem.
"Posting unfounded anonymous claims about any adult in school does not only cause anxiety, upset and harm, but may also involve Police Scotland and action as well as the pursuit of civil action by the individuals targeted.
"School staff work hard to instil responsible digital citizenship and safe use of internet resources in young people so that they are fully aware of the potential consequences of mis-using social media."
Ms Cross said many universities, colleges and potential employers look at applicants' online activity as part of their selection process.
In a direct plea to parents and carers, she said: "I seek your support in working in partnership with your child's school, to ensure that they conduct themselves responsibly online.
"The safety of our staff and pupils is of paramount importance to us. We thank you for your continued support and understanding."