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.
CEOP - Information and how to
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 to the left or visiting http://www.ceop.police.uk/reportabuse/
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 an Safer Internet Day at Priors Field.
Online Safety - help us spread the word!
Please click on the link above 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.’
On Tuesday 8th February, it was Safer Internet Day, but at Priors Field we celebrated it for the whole week! The theme this year was: All fun and games, exploring and respecting 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.
How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
If your child is using social networking sites to chat to friends and family or share their latest selfie, take a look at our list of great social media guides to get you up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them set the right privacy settings.
Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
You may wonder about the content of some of the games children (and adults) play online.This site gives a full explaination of many popular games.
Welcome to the UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Find out about Social Media age restrictions. Keep up to date with the constantly changing world of social media: Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and more. Take a look at the following link from the NSPCC; an informative place to find out the pros and cons of each of these social platforms for various age groups.
Use parental controls on your child's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The online safety guide for families.
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.
1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know
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.
2. Sharing pictures of your child online
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.
3. Keeping your under 5s safe online
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.
4. Live streaming: responding to the risks
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.
Sharing photos online
Most parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family. But remember - pictures you share online could be out there for ever. Learn how to protect your child whilst staying social.
For more information from CEOP click here
A short guide from CEOP about Online Live streaming
Live streaming has become a popular feature of many apps and platforms. By understanding why it is popular and what potential risks your child face, you can help your child have a more positive online experience. Please click this link to find out more https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-live-streaming/
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.
TikTok app safety – what parents need to know!
13 is the minimum age according to TikTok’s terms and conditions.
It’s a social media app that gives users the opportunity to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or the entire world. Like Twitter-owned Vine and Musical.ly before it, videos shared range from funny sketches to lip-sync videos featuring special effects. Currently, the app is available in 34 languages with 150 million active users. Like Musical.ly before it, it is most popular with under 16s.
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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
Do you know what your child is doing online?
It has come to our attention that a number of children across the school are playing games that are inappropriate for their age and some through a live streaming app.
Please take a moment to talk to your child about their online activity and encourage them to share the games they play with you. Please check out our website for useful links to online safety.