Scare over ap­proach to school­girls

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

JEWISH SCHOOLS have is­sued warn­ings to par­ents af­ter an un­known per­son was found to be con­tact­ing fe­male pupils on so­cial me­dia.

Both JFS and Yavneh Col­lege sent let­ters to par­ents warn­ing them of a per­son “per­sis­tently try­ing to con­tact young girls via In­sta­gram.”

In a let­ter to par­ents, Yavneh said a so­cial me­dia user with the ac­count name “Kev­in_j_e_f­f_er_­son” was at­tempt­ing to con­tact young fe­male stu­dents and “seems to be ly­ing about his age, where he is from and how he knows them.”

It added: “As yet, the mes­sages have not been threat­en­ing and we are not overly con­cerned but feel that it is important that we are all in­formed.”

The school re­minded par­ents to talk to their chil­dren about ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour on­line and not share per­sonal de­tails.

A Yavneh spokesper­son said it had not re­ceived re­ports from its own stu­dents and did not re­spond to re­quests about where the warn­ing orig­i­nated.

In a sim­i­lar let­ter, JFS said its pupils had not re­ceived ap­proaches from the ac­count, but was aware of stu­dents at other Jewish schools that had.

In a let­ter to par­ents, JFS wrote: “Over the last week it has be­come ap­par­ent at some of our part­ner schools, that there have been ap­proaches made to girls, par­tic­u­larly in Year 8.

The school ad­vised par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s so­cial me­dia plat­forms and urged them to spread the mes­sage that they should never share per­sonal de­tails with strangers.

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