Children - if you are worried about cyber bullying or anything else on the internet please tell a grown up. You can also report internet abuse on this website www.ceop.police.uk
The internet can play an important part in many aspects of school life, including teaching, learning and improving communication. However, if not used properly, it can be dangerous or harmful. This simple guide includes hints and tips for both parents and pupils.
Hints & Tips for Parents
Technology is constantly changing and young people are continually learning – keep up to date on latest developments so you know about the risks.
Online safety applies to all types of devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers and online gaming
As technology becomes more portable, set guidelines for where your child could/should use their device
Treat online safety in the same way as you would offline safety such as stranger danger, crossing the road etc.
Set up internet security so children can’t access websites with adult and inappropriate content
Don’t write anything online that you wouldn’t say in person. Comments made on social media and/or public web pages/forums could reflect badly on your child
Check out our IT policies, particularly the online safety policy, and adhere to them
Cyber bullying should be treated in the same way as other forms of bullying; contact your child’s school to agree a plan for dealing with it
Be aware that “sexting” increasingly involves younger children, some as young as 10
Try to establish a system which allows your child to take to you about anything they feel uncomfortable about online
Things to Discuss with Children
Where it is acceptable to use your portable device? Bedroom? School?
Who should you talk to if you feel uncomfortable about something you have seen online? e.g. parent, teacher or other responsible adult
Don’t spend too long online; make sure you get some physical exercise every day
Keep passwords safe – don’t write them down and change them regularly
What personal information is it appropriate to post online?
How do you report cyber bullying? Take a screen grab of any posts so these can be seen at a later date if needed.
How do you know the people you are talking to online, are who you think they are?
What is the difference between a ‘real life’ friend and an ‘online friend’.
Is it ever sensible to meet up with an online friend?
Other Sources of Information
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation www.lucyfaithfull.org
UK Safer Internet Centre www.safterinternet.org.uk
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre www.ceop.police.uk
Think U Know www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The Safeguarding Team at Whybridge Junior School:
- Mrs S Warshow - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
- Mrs T Green - Deputy DSL
- Miss A Fairbank - Second Deputy DSL
- Miss K Wellington - Safeguarding Representative (Local Standards Group)
- Ms G Thumpston - Safeguarding Trustee
Other additional staff:
- Mrs A Gillham - Inclusion Manager
- Mrs L McLoughlin - Home School Support Worker
- Mrs A Harwood - Home School Support Worker
Other additional links:
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE 2020)
Whybridge Junior School is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.
Most recently, the Department for Education has published an updated version of the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which came into force on 5th September 2016. This makes clear the roles and responsibilities that school has.
Who are the Safeguarding Team at Whybridge Junior School?:
- Mrs S Warshow (Head of School) – Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs T Green (Deputy Head of School) – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
- Miss A Fairbank (Phase Leader) – Second Deputy Safeguarding Lead
- Miss K Wellington (LSG) - Child Protection
If you have any queries or concerns regarding safeguarding issues and/or children, you must contact one of the members of staff noted above.
Local Authority Designated Officer:
Statutory guidance and procedures state that every Council has a duty to manage allegations and concerns about any person who works with children and young people in their area. This includes Council staff, staff or partner agencies and volunteers.
To contact the Havering Local Authority Designated Officer
What school must do:
- A child should be able to go to school and feel safe so that they can achieve their very best.
- Everybody who works or volunteers at Whybridge Junior School will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to make sure they are safe to work with children and then trained to identify child abuse and what to do if they are concerned.
- The school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr C W Hobson (Headteacher) and Deputy Safeguarding Leads, Miss T. Pettican who are fully trained in Safeguarding procedures.
- We will always listen to you and work closely with you if we are concerned about your child but, sometimes, we may not be able to discuss our concern. The school has a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which tells you more about this and when we must speak to the Police or Children’s Services. You can see this policy on the school website.
- We will help your child to learn about keeping themselves safe. Lessons can include healthy eating, stranger danger, anti-bullying, online safety, road safety, healthy relationships, drug and alcohol awareness. As part of these lessons your child will be told what to do if they are worried or concerned about their safety.
What parents/carers should do:
- Parents are the most important people to keep their children safe. You should always:
- Feel confident to raise concerns about your child.
- Talk to school if you need help or support.
- Read the school policies about safety issues (available on school website).
- Let the school know if your child has a medical condition.
- Let the school know if you have any court orders relating to the safety of your child.
- Let the school know if there is a change in your circumstances such as a house move, a new contact number, a change of name, a change of parental responsibility.
- Let us know who will be dropping off or collecting your child and two other emergency contacts.
- Inform the school of any changes to agreed arrangements.
- Let the school know if your child is going to be absent and the reason why.
- Inform the school (confidentially) if you have any concerns or suspicions about the safety of any other children.
Where to find out more:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ - General safeguarding information
http://parentinfo.org/ - High quality information to parents and carers about their childrens wellbeing.
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - Online safety from CEop
https://www.internetmatters.org/ - Online safety
HM Government has published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments.
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Ideology – a set of beliefs.
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism.
Where to go for more information:
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.