As a school we are vigilant in keeping children safe from harm and we are committed to safeguarding our pupils. All adults, including staff, parents and governors, have a responsibility to safeguard children; any concerns, no matter how small, should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding lead.
Ensuring the pupils of our school feel safe and secure is essential for the pupils to be happy in their lives both now and in the future, and to enable them to fully access the education they are entitled to.
KEEPING CHILDREN HAPPY AND SAFE ONLINE DURING COVID-19
As schools across the UK deal with COVID-19, we know that parents and carers are having to manage their child's use of technology and help them learn remotely.
Here are lots of useful resources and tools that you as a parent or carer can use to help ensure your child is safe and happy online.
Online safety activities you can do from home
As your children spend more time at home and are going to be online more than ever, here is a list of easy-to-use resources. They are broken up into ages and include quick activities, films and plenty more fun ways to engage with your children. From identifying fake news to online bullying - there is plenty for you and your family to use.
If there are any particular topics or ways of working you would like to see more of then don't hesitate to contact the school office by email.
Getting advice and guidance if something goes wrong
As young people spend more time online there is also an increase in the chances they will see something online which isn't intended for them. Whether this is falke news , impersonation, or mean comments, there are lots of places you can go to for help and advice on how to report this behaviour. Together as a family you can also help prepare your children and build their critical thinking skills.
Making a report
reportharmfulcontent.com is a website designed to help you report anything which you believe shouldn't be online. There is guidance about how to report different types of content as well as help with the next steps you can take if your report isn't actioned by the site or service you have made it on.
Speaking to someone
For young people - depending on the age of your child there are a range of places they can go to for help. For younger children they can call Childline for help and support.
Childline 0800 1111
For parents and carers - The O2 and NSPCC helpline can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about keeping your child safe online. They can provide you with advice and help to troubleshoot any problems your family may be facing.
Making the most of the internet as a family
Creating a family agreement
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet.
It is a fantastic way to set boundaries and discuss how you are all going to use technology. Where is technology going to be used in your home? How are you going to share it and what times of the day can different family members have access?
It's also a great way to discuss how to behave online and talk about what happens if something upsets or worries your child.
Topic specific advice for parents and carers
As a parent or carer, the best tool to support your child in leading a happy and safe life online is open conversation. This Parents' Guide gives advice on how to begin these discussions.
THE PREVENT STRATEGY
The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism. It is a strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting extreme causes.
Educate Against Hate: https://educateagainsthate.com/
Is an important government website that provides advice and information about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. The Prevent Strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself. It is about teaching children the values of mutual respect and tolerance.
This toolkit provides advice for parents when children are online.
Staff in school are working to raise awareness with pupils of FGM [female genital mutilation]. Currently under UK Law, all staff working in schools, health and social care have a statutory duty to report all cases of FGM under 18 years of age to the police.
In conjunction with Merseyside police, our school is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident , children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff [called Key Adults] are made aware early enough to support children in a way that means they feel safe and included.
Our Key Adults are: Mrs J Forshaw and Mrs J Pollitt
You can find out more by visiting: www.operationencompass.org
Our school recognises that current and developing technologies can support our school community of active and creative learners. We also recognise that such technologies can be used negatively and that they have the potential to impact on the security and safety of our school community.
The National Curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using computing technologies [IT]. The internet is an open communication channel, available to all and some of the material is unsuitable for pupils. Due to the scale of and international linked nature of internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer and the school cannot accept liability for the material accessed or any consequences of internet access.
Our school aims to minimise the risk of unsuitable material appearing on any computer in the school and to teach our children to be aware of and to respond responsibly to the risks of using the internet. We aim to ensure that all members of our school community use current and developing technologies safely and appropriately.
WEB FILTERING: We have adopted the 'Trustnet' Broadband and Web Access solution endorsed by a consortia of Liverpool Head Teachers. This is a multi-layered approach recognising the potential dangers but also the multitude of information which is invaluable to support Teaching and Learning in the 21st century.
Parents are asked not to allow children access to social networking sites with specific age limits.
Because social media is now one of the most popular forms of communication between young people it is important to guide children through them. Privacy settings are a way of controlling who can view your child's information.
Facebook: age limit 13
Twitter: age limit 13
Instagram: age limit 13
WhatsApp: age limit 16
Snapchat: age limit 13
The biggest threat to our children's online safety are the strangers that they may meet online. For this reason children MUST have any social media account set to PRIVATE.
REMEMBER many social media apps have built in location tags which write the child's location as the photograph or video is uploaded. If this is switched on it could lead strangers to pupils.
These web links offer information for safeguarding children.
FAMILY RIGHTS GROUP www.frg.org.uk
THINK U KNOW http://thinkuknow.co.uk
What should I do if I notice something is wrong?
If you feel that someone is speaking to your child inappropriately online and they are at risk of grooming, you should report this to the police immediately. You can report to the CEOP [Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit] as this unit monitors and deals with these incidents.