Can we give out student email addresses?
We've just been asked if there are any reasons that our Year 7's couldn't give their email addresses to Year 6 students who will arrive in September.
The idea is that they will mentor the new intake & this is the initial stage of establishing relationships. Our students are meant to answer queries & worries.
The whole setup is being managed by the team which supports the new intake.
We've advised that the parents of the Y7's should be sent a letter saying that we will be handing these out, if they have any objections to write in. I'll also advise that our Y7's should be given a once over of E-Safety guidelines.
Are we allowed to give out students email in this way? Or is it publishing personal data?
Both sets of students use LEA email systems which adhere to DPA/child protection standards.
Does anyone else do this type of thing already? If anyone can share any experience of this, I'd be massively grateful.
Are there any reasons we shouldn't be doing this?