As a school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of our students. The more knowledge we have, the more vigilant we can be to ensure the safety of our students and other young people.
21 January 2021 - Online Safety Advice for Parents COVID 2021.
10 September 2020 - The Screen Time Diet: Helping Your Teen Find the Balance with Tech
Information to help parents to encourage healthy tech and gadget use with their teens. It covers useful tips and advice on creating a healthy screen time ‘diet’, showcases alternative tech for creativity and learning, and encourages teens to have more balance when it comes to technology.
6 April 2020 - Zoom video conferencing
There have been reports of security breaches during Zoom video conferences.
Advice for the safer use of Zoom
From yesterday (5th April 2020), Zoom are forcing users to password protect their meeting room. This is an important first step. Other things to do to protect your Zoom space are:
• Use a new meeting room each time (ie. don't use the personal meeting ID)
• Don't allow attendees to join before host
• Mute attendees on joining
• Turn screen sharing off
• Set up a 'waiting room'
• Lock your meeting room after you have started
• Don't publicise your meeting's link on social media
• Don't share the screenshot of everyone, especially when it show the meeting ID
• Try to have someone who's job it is to 'manage the room' and focus just on doing that.
• Tell people what the Plan B is (ie. if you do have to abort the meeting where will the meeting move to and how can people rejoin)
• Avoid sharing personal information
• Turn off your video and microphone, unless it's needed.
Please remind yourself of online safety guidelines and view our Internet Safety - Top Tips:
- Ensure you know what your children can access online
- Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
- Tell your children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
- Use parental controls to keep children safe
Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:
- Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
- Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
- Are switching screens on their device when approached
- Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
- Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices
BBC Own It has useful videos and information to help you keep safe online. Topics include fake news, vlogging, gaming, social media, beat the cyberbullies, advice and support - visit BBC Own It Online Safety Advice for more information.
If you need support, please get in touch with your child’s Year Team or our School Safeguarding Team.
NSPCC 0808 800 5000 (calls are free)