Most teenagers are heavily invested in their social media platforms, with the pressure to be available 24/7 a very real challenge for many. This dependence can however come at a heavy cost, causing anxiety, envy and lowered self-esteem. Additionally, critical communications skills are not given the chance to develop with many teens opting to look at a screen rather than another person. Texting and communicating online means that body language, facial expressions and vocal reactions are rendered invisible.
For these reasons and many others, our mobile phone policy at Siena is strictly enforced and we are committed to encouraging "real-time" interactions as a counterpoint in today's tech-obsessed world. Providing opportunities for meaningful face to face connections is so important. Allowing constant access to phones also leads to poor choices about being in or posting photos, especially from school. Your support in talking to your daughter about this is greatly appreciated.
Once information makes its way online it can be difficult to remove. Images and words can be misinterpreted and altered as they are easily and quickly shared around. Privacy settings on social media sites need to be managed in order to protect your child’s digital reputation.
Parents of junior students are asked to check that your daughter does not have any inappropriate apps on her device as this would not only be in breach of the ICT Policy, but may be placing her at risk. No student under 13 years of age should have Instagram, etc. on her school device. Your support in this matter would be greatly appreciated. The apps below are just a small selection of many available which disguise their true intent.