Children who film TikTok videos at school could face exclusion, parents warned

10th November, 2021 3:16 pm

Pupils are not permitted to film on school premises without permission from the local authority, the letter stressed.

Parents in Wales have been warned that their children could be excluded or reported to police for filming TikTok videos at school.

Officials in Conwy and Denbighshire warned parents in a letter that the police could be called in over footage filmed in schools in “extreme circumstances”.

It cited challenges on the video platform encouraging vandalism and violence against teachers or other pupils.

The letter stressed that pupils are not permitted to film on school premises without permission from the local authority.

Schools have been asked to consider appropriate sanctions for students who filmed videos on school premises involving staff and other pupils.

It adds: “We ask kindly that parents and guardians discuss this issue with their children and emphasise the above message. Please check your children’s mobile phones / social media accounts to ensure any relevant videos have been deleted.

“Schools will continue to monitor social media, including TikTok over the next few days and weeks and take the necessary action.”

Denbighshire councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts told the BBC: “We are supporting our secondary schools and also highlighting to junior schools that children as young as seven should not be on TikTok.

“Obviously we understand that children engage with social media, but we don’t want anybody else to suffer on the back of it.

“I am aware the September and October challenges were ‘vandalise the school bathrooms’ and ‘smack a staff member’, which is not acceptable, and that’s why in some instances North Wales Police could be involved.”

He added that TikTok challenges were a “national trend” and that parents should check if their children “are the legal age” to be on TikTok.

The terms and conditions of the Chinese-owned app state that users must be over the age of 13, though it does not require proof of age from users.

Source: The i

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