The Headteacher is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary.
During this unprecedented time of school closures, the NCA’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Team (CEOP) has produced help sheets to support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online while they are off school.
The help sheets provide advice and links to Thinkuknow resources that can be used at home with children. Click here
CEOP - Information and how to report abuse. Click here
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a police organisation that helps children stay safe online.
You can make a report to CEOP about a child in danger of abuse. This could be you or someone you know or care for. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be inappropriate chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.
You can report it by clicking on the CEOP button above.
Online Safety is taken very seriously at Priors Field.
Every class take part in cross curricular activities and learn about how to keep safe online and digital literacy.
We hold regular meetings for parents to update them on current issues, emergent technologies and developments within the Warwickshire Learning Platform.
Everyday is a Safer Internet Day at Priors Field.
Online Safety - help us spread the word!
Please click here for free resources to talk to your child about online safety. This pack includes activities, conversation starters and information to help parents and carers talk to their children about how to navigate the issue of online identity in a digital age in a safe, responsible and respectful way.
‘Safer Internet Day’ this year was on 8th February. As teachers, parents and carers we all play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online.
The theme this year was an important one – ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.’
The children have been completing online safety activities throughout the week and participating in a competition to hopefully to win the school £100. KS1 read ‘Digi Duck and the Magic Castle’ and made masks for the characters from the story with key online safety messages. KS2 suggested ideas to create a safer, better internet by designing new games and online chats. In assembly each year group shared their learning and the Digital Leaders created a video with the key messages that if you are not feeling safe online, you should: tell an adult, take a screenshot, block, and report.
Miss Stocks, Emilie and Florence (Year 6)
Live.me is a social platform that allows users to connect with others and earn virtual goods which can be exchanged for prizes, rewards and cash.
You may wonder about the content of some of the games children (and adults) play online. This site gives a full explanation of many popular games.
Welcome to Live My Digital, a unique video series to help you and your children to stay safe online. The series consists of six short films for parents and six matching films for children to empower your family to use social media safely and responsibly.The videos look at the ways in which the internet and digital technology can be used positively by young people as well as identifying the potential issues they may face.
They cover the most critical themes in online safety today including:
- The digital footprint
- Identity and self-esteem
- Relationships and grooming
- Security and privacy
5 articles from CEOP to keep parents engaged in online safety over the summer holidays. Please press click on each title to take you to their website.
Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
Online Safety Information Sheets
TikTok app safety – What parents need to know:
TikTok is a social networking app that replaced the popular Musical.ly app when it went offline in 2017. Known as Douyin in China, it gives users the ability to watch and create short clips of up to 60 seconds. With 1 billion active users across 155 countries, it seeks to promote safety and has recently released a range of safety videos to promote its safety tools.
Click here for more information: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/tik-tok-app-safety-what-parents-need-to-know/
How young is too young to start talking to your child about Online Safety?
Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. This article from Thinkuknow (CEOP) looks at the benefits of children accessing the internet and shares advice about how to make sure your child has a safe experience online.
Children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven. (Research by YouGov). Here’s some advice for a safer start when your child ventures into the world of likes and shares.
For more information on how children can stay safe online please visit https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting for tips, advice, interesting articles and resources.
Online Safety – does your child play Fortnite?
Fortnite is one of the most popular video games currently being played worldwide. It is listed as not suitable for persons under 12 years of age due to voice/type chat and the ‘frequent scenes of mild violence.’ However if your child does play this game we would recommend that all parents are aware of the level their child plays at and who they play with online.
Please click on this link by Common Sense Media to watch the video for an explanation of the game and for more tips for parents. www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/fortnite