Please click on the links below for information and ideas about how to keep your child safe online.
Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is Miss Jemma Harvey-Jones
Our Deputy Designated Officers are Mrs Katie Gray, Miss Nikki Weeks and Mrs Jenna Finn.
Please remember, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Visit the following websites for important information for parents and carers, children and young people and professionals who work with them.
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Further information about the scheme is included in the poster and letter below and also on the Operation Encompass website.
Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they're chatting to online.
Other Useful Web Sites for Parents
www.childnet-int.org - A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll - www.childnet-int.org/kia/
www.getsafeonline.org/ A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
www.chatdanger.com/ - This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ (especially good for advice on different websites and applications)
In addition there are a number of useful guides here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Reporting Online Abuse
The Child Exploitation and On-Line Protection Command (CEOP) is a branch of the National Crime Agency.
If you are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating online you can file a report with one of their Child Protection Advisers. www.ceop.police.uk
Parents can help protect their children online with these tips based on advice from the NSPCC and CEOP:
- Regularly talk with them to find out what sites they are visiting and what applications they like to use to talk with friends.
- Keep your son/daughter's computer in a communal area such as a living room. Never let them keep it in their bedroom. If possible, do not allow younger pupils to have a webcam on their personal computer.
- Agree to keep phones/tablets in the living room overnight (rather than in their bedrooms).
- Ideally negotiate being given your son/daughter's password(s) (perhaps kept in a sealed envelope).
- Discuss the dangers of giving out information online. Not only in webchats or emails but on any personal profiles. Information can sometimes be read or downloaded without their knowledge, such as personal photographs they have posted of themselves as part of their profile including information on where the photo was taken.
- Tell your child to be honest about their age and tell them they must never lie to gain access to popular networking sites aimed at over 16s.
- Ask your son/daughter to explain/show their current privacy settings to you for the websites and applications they use. Both Childnet and Net Aware have regularly updated advice on best practice privacy settings for all major websites and applications.