Mobile Phone, Smartwatches and Social Networking
At Moulton Nursery School & After School Club we promote the safety and welfare of all children in our care. We believe our staff should be completely attentive during their hours of working to ensure all children in the setting receive good quality care and education. To ensure the safety and well-being of children we do not allow staff to use personal mobile phones or smartwatches during working hours. We use mobile phones supplied by the setting to provide a means of contact in certain circumstances, such as outings.
We require our staff to be responsible and professional in their use of social networking sites in relation to any connection to the setting, setting staff, parents or children. We ask parents and visitors to respect and adhere to our policy.
Staff must adhere to the following:
Mobile phones/smartwatches are either turned off or on silent and not accessed during your working hours
Mobile phones/smartwatches can only be used on a designated break and then this must be away from the children
Mobile phones/smartwatches should be stored safely in the mobile phone box in the office at all times during the hours of your working day
During outings, staff will use mobile phones belonging to the setting wherever possible.
Staff must not post anything on to social networking sites such as Facebook that could be construed to have any impact on the setting’s reputation or relate to the setting or any children attending the setting in any way
Staff must not post anything on to social networking sites that could offend any other member of staff or parent using the setting.
If staff choose to allow parents to view their page on social networking sites this relationship must remain professional at all times
If any of the above points are not followed then the member of staff involved will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal.
Parents and visitors’ use of mobile phones, smartwatches and social networking
Whilst we recognise that there may be emergency situations which necessitate the use of a mobile telephone, in order to ensure the safety and welfare of children in our care and share information about the child’s day, parents and visitors are kindly asked to refrain from using their mobile telephones whilst in the setting or when collecting or dropping off their children.
We promote the safety and welfare of all staff and children and therefore ask parents and visitors not to post, publically or privately, information about any child on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We ask all parents and visitors to follow this policy to ensure that information about children, images and information do not fall into the wrong hands.
Parents/visitors are invited to share any concerns regarding inappropriate use of social media through the official procedures (please refer to the partnership with parents policy, complaints procedures and grievance policy)’.