As well as covering issues relating to our Fundamental British Values, the school also holds assemblies about issues relating to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. For this week’s assembly pupils have been investigating article 16: Every child has the right to privacy. This means that governments should protect a child’s private, family and home life, including protecting children from unlawful attacks that harm their reputation.
The assembly started by discussing what privacy is. Our pupils discussed the idea that privacy is when you want to speak to your friends without being heard. A group of pupils were invited to come out to the front and write down what they would like to do if they had the choice to do anything they wanted after school. One pupil said they would practise their martial arts. Two said that they would spend time with friends or family, one added that they would like to lie in bed, watch a film and eat popcorn.
The assembly learned that it’s ok to do things with your friends and with others, but it is also alright to do things on your own. Having some privacy is often a great time to think and reflect. It’s a great time to plan and organise. We can do things such as keep ourselves clean in private. Our privacy, as well as the privacy of our family, is something we should look after and make the most of. For children, parents often decide how to allow their children to have privacy and growing up is often about learning how to deal with this issue.
The assembly learned about the things a school must do to keep information about pupils private. We cannot share our pupils personal information. We cannot tell other people any information about pupils or families without permission. All of these steps are taken to ensure that pupil information is kept private. For everyone, not sharing private information is a good way to stay safe in the online world, as well as in the real world. You would not tell a random stranger where you live, just as you would not tell someone on a gaming website how many brothers and sisters you have. You would keep it private. If anyone tries to force you to reveal your private details, you will need to tell someone you trust immediately.
Article 16 (right to privacy)
Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child’s private, family and home life, including protecting children from unlawful attacks that harm their reputation.