10-Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding Children and Anti Bullying Policies
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
• All visitors must sign in at the office and may be requested to show identity at any time
• All staff, governors & regular visitors are DBS and qualification checked
• Mr Deane-Hall is the Senior Designated Person (SDP) for Safeguarding Children - he can be contacted via the school office or either school email addresses
Wooler First School is working in conjunction with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Teachers provide advice and guidance to pupils to enable them to make safe choices when online.
See link for guidance from CEOP
If pupils or their parents come across any inappropriate use they can report it to CEOP by clicking on the “Report abuse” button..
This button also allows you to just view the CEOP website and read about what they do.
Filtered content and websites
The school computers are scanned for inappropriate content by Forensic Software.
Access to the internet is limited by the Northumberland Schools filter and Forensic Software. Messages are displayed when material is filtered.
On-line Advice for Parents
Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends – personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
If your child receives spam/junk emails and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It is not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they do not know. They will not know what they contain – it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film. Help your child understand that some people lie online and, therefore, it is better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for a child to know that it is never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Additional information recommended by C.E.O.P.
Follow the green box links to information recommended by C.E.O.P. as good sources of help for parents.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents – Age related resources for parents to use with their children.
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers – A parent’s guide to technology including video guides to help set up parental controls.
http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/parents/about_digital_parenting/Resources.html – Digital Parenting – an online magazine for parents created by Vodafone.