Safeguarding, E-Safety and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.We appreciate that social media can be a minefield for all concerned and its only by working together can we ensure that our young people use technology safely in the 21st century. Technology is an inextricable part of their life and we want to help you to ensure that they all stay safe.

Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. This section of our website is to ensure that parents are aware of the possible dangers and feel able to support their children to use the internet responsibly.There is a parents meeting every September in which the issues surrounding e-safety are reviewed and discussed with parents, but if you wish to discuss e-safety at any other time please contact Mrs Gent (Principal's PA) who will ensure that your concerns are dealt with quickly. There is a useful  Parents' Guide attached below, created by Vodaphone, with very useful parental support, and the ‘Think you Know’  website contains lots of information and guidance for parents on e-safety. Their website can be accessed here : ''think you know''

Further information on e-safety can be obtained from these websites below. Further information on Keeping Children Safe in Edication can be seen in the attachment below, along with our Safeguarding Policy.

 

- a website all about the potential dangers of interactive online services like chat, instant messaging, email and mobiles. Browse to look through real on-line issues which students have been exposed to on chat rooms and messenger sites
 
 
 
plenty of advice and teachers'' resources. Look for the ''Prank or Pain'' link through their ''Know it All'' project link.
support website with information on filtering, protection, and an area to report illegal content.
part of the Childnet stable of websites, dealing with Internet safety programmes for schools, young people and parents.
contains links to useful online documents such as a guide to cyber-bullying and an educator''s guide.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness

In school, through tutor time, we have been reminding students what to do if they are worried about CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and who they should contact.  Unfortunately CSE is common throughout our country and the news headlines have demonstrated that it is widespread.  The following advice for parents on spotting CSE comes from the NSPCC:

1.    Your child may become secretive and stop engaging with usual friends. They may become very prone to mood swings.

2.    They may be associating with older men and/or women.

3.    They may go missing from home and be defensive about their location and activities.

4.    They may receive odd calls and messages on their mobiles or social media.

5.    They may be in possession of new, expensive items which they couldn’t normally afford, eg mobile phones, iPads.

If your child displays three or more of the above signs then you should contact school, the Police on 101 or ChildLine on 0800 111

Here are some links that might be useful:

http://www.barnardosrealloverocks.org.uk/

http://mesmac.co.uk/projects/blast

http://paceuk.info/about-cse/

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

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