SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE -
SAFEGUARDING REMAINS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
Everyone across the federation understands their collective roles and responsibilities when keeping children safe and preventing them from harm. Our federation has a strong safeguarding culture, including Health and Safety and aspects that are woven throughout the curriculum to provide children with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe too. We send regular updates to parents sharing information from the Local Authority and our introduction of CPOMS means that effective monitoring and support / reactions can occur across the federation immediately.
Governors have been rigorous in their questioning and monitoring throughout Covid-19 to ensure it is always at the top of their strategic agenda.
We have recently submitted a comprehensive Safeguarding Audit for each school.
We are proud of the safeguarding measures we have in place and have planned an external safeguarding review this academic year with the Local Authority to verify and acknowledge our success in this area.
In a digital age where computers, laptops, tablets and Smartphones are readily available in many homes and schools, it is vital that children are taught about the importance of using the online safely as a core part of the curriculum. This is especially important as our learning becomes heavily reliant on technology during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In school, all content is filtered via North Yorkshire County Council's chosen web filtering service provider, 'Smoothwall'. In addition, pupils are taught the importance of online safety in all classes, as part of the wider curriculum, in assemblies and through visits by local Police officers and ChildLine.
Please find an electronic version of the Online Safety for Children and Parents booklet as a PDF on this page.
Below there is a link to some resources and video clips to help support our community with safeguarding children online.
See recently produced films for children aged 8-10 which focus on online safety by clicking on these links:
Episode 1 of Play Like Share (external link to the film which is hosted on YouTube)
Episode 2 of Play Like Share (external link to the film which is hosted on YouTube)
Episode 3 of Play Like Share (external link to the film which is hosted on YouTube)
www.kidsmart.org.uk - Information on how to keep safe online- aimed at adults.
www.getsafeonline.org - Free advice on how to keep safe when using the internet.
http://www.childnet.com/ - Helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children and teenagers
www.nspcc.org.uk- The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
www.wisekids.org.uk- Promoting innovative, Positive and Safe Internet Use.
https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre - Provides advice for adults and children on internet safety.
https://www.parentalcontrols-on.org/ - Helps parent to put in place controls on home internet devices.
Online Safety Christmas Tips
With the Christmas countdown fast approaching, it can be an important time to communicate with parents about online safety.
Many Christmas lists will probably include electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones or games consoles. Below are some hints to help parents make these devices safer.
- When you purchase a device, take it out of the box before you give it to your child. Go onto the settings section where you can restrict or disable features so your children cannot download unsuitable applications or content e.g. videos. A good site to support you with setting controls is: http://www.internetmatters.org/
- Make sure that the account on the tablet/phone is set up by a parent or carer, so that they can authorise content that is downloaded. This is important if they want to download any additional content called ‘In App Purchases’ (IAP).
- Look at the age ratings for applications as some might not be suitable for your child. The same goes for access to popular sites such as You Tube, Snapchat and Tik Tok.
- Talk to your children about using cameras and video chat facilities. If someone acts inappropriately, then make sure they tell you immediately. Also, ensure they use these features sensibly and don’t take unsuitable images and share them with people they don’t know.
- If you are buying a smartphone for your child, talk to the mobile provider about parental controls. These might not be automatically switched on, so you may need to look at the providers website for support.
- Games consoles such as Xbox’s and Playstations are very popular with primary aged children. The key issue with video games is the suitability of a number of titles as they are rated in the same way as films. Therefore, major releases before Christmas such as Call of Duty: Modern Welfare (rated 18), Star Wars Jedi (rated 16), NFS Heat (rated 16) all have 16+ ratings. A useful site to find about the content of games can be found here: https://www.askaboutgames.com/
- If you would like to download simple sheets please visit: https://esafetyoffice.co.uk/resources/