Safeguarding and e-Safety
Designated Safeguarding Lead
All adults in the school have a responsibility for maintaining a high level of care for the safety and welfare of the children. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. Matters of concern, whether they relate to home or school, will always be treated confidentially. Please make early contact with the school to discuss such matters.
As an Academy we take safeguarding our students very seriously. As well as rigorous systems for adults in our employment or as volunteers, it has long been necessary to give frequent consideration to issues of safe use of the internet for students.
ICT in the 21st Century is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
We regularly revisit the issue of safe personal behaviour online with all students aged 11-16. They receive information through assemblies, and be encouraged to discuss the issues with tutors and peers. Often young people know about what to do to keep themselves safe online; they just do not always believe the message or think the dangers relate to someone other than themselves. There are also legal considerations.
The central messages are:
Be responsible yourself with your digital footprint
What you put out there cannot be undone and can have long standing consequences
Report to parents/us or CEOP if you find you are out of your depth
Be aware that you must not break the law
What can you do to help?
Keep a watchful eye on your child's internet use including email and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc).
Encourage your child to have the highest level of privacy settings on any online accounts.
Check the history folder of your internet browser to check what sites have been accessed.
Consider purchasing filter software or see if your ISP (BT, Sky, Talk Talk, etc) provide their own.
Protect your computer with firewall/antivirus software.
Google Family Safety
Gives information about how to stay safe whilst using Google products, including enabling Safe Search on Google and Safety Mode on YouTube. Also includes information on how to report inappropriate content.
Apple Family Safety
A personal safety resource for anyone who is concerned about or experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking or harassment.
A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children and each year runs an 'Internet Safety Day'.
Think U Know
An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global task force.