Safeguarding Support

North Bromsgrove High School, recognises the ever growing use of electronic technologies in day to day life. At North we try to embrace and integrate it in every day school life too, but there is a continued need to safeguard and advise children on the risks involved around mobile technologies. Below is information that we have created that can help parents to make sure students protect themselves while online both in school, at home and out and about.

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  • A mobile phone
  • The Internet
  • A social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter, Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Skype
  • SnapChat
  • Kik
  • What’s App
  • BBM

If the answer is yes, then read this guide to find out how to protect your child in the virtual world.

IMG_0076Introduction

The internet is such an integral part of children’s lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.

As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.

So, how can you protect your child online?

The answer is simple. If you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online. According to Ofcom 7 out of 10 young people aged between 12 and 15 years old in the UK have a social network profile. A large percentage of these access these sites through their mobile phone rather than a computer. This has changed the way that children and young people communicate with their friends and family.

What do I need to know about it?

On the whole, young people have a very positive experience surfing the web or chatting with their online friends; however, as a parent or guardian there are some potential risks you should be aware of:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Downloading and Copyright
  • Excessive use of technology
  • Identity theft
  • Innapropriate and harmful content
  • Illegal content
  • Grooming

Encourage kids to report inappropriate behaviour

If your child is experiencing problems or is being cyberbullied encourage them to come to you for help. If they are uncomfortable speaking IMG_0242with you, tell them to speak with a trusted adult – an aunt, uncle, teacher, or older sibling – to lend an ear.

Be sure your child knows how to report abuse or inappropriate behaviour to social networking sites. With Facebook, for example, they can report abuse by clicking the report link. Other social network sites also have reporting mechanisms. They can always visit our website and click ‘Report Abuse’ to CEOP, or use the Text someone service.

What to talk to your child about?

  • Make sure your child knows how to change their privacy settings on social media.
  • Don’t allow anyone to bully you online, encourage your child to speak to an adult or teacher.
  • Not to spend too much time online, using a mobile phone, gaming console etc.

What can I do as a parent?

  • Discuss the fact that not everyone on the internet is who they say they are. Explain how information they use to register for websites, competitions, downloads and other internet and mobile services could be used by the companies in question (e.g. to send marketing emails).
  • Advise your child to get permission from friends and family before taking photos or videos of them and to check that they’re happy for the images to be published – not everyone wants to be famous.
  • Teach them the risks and dangers of sharing passwords, phone numbers, addresses and other personal information.
  • Consider where you place your computer, keep an eye on what your child is looking at. Be sure you have computer security software with parental controls. Not to spend too much time online, using a mobile phone, gaming console etc.
  • Encourage other activities and sports. Ask about your child’s online friends, encourage them to have their “real” friends as their friends on social networking sites. If your child has an online profile ask if you or a close relative can be an online friend (to help and support them).

What Every Parents Needs to Know About Radicalisation
The internet brings marvellous opportunities to children and young people with the ability to learn new skills and visit websites which engage and enrich their lives. However, the internet also brings dangers such as online predators who will try and contact children through websites and software applications. This guide will help parents and carers learn more about the danger of their children being targeted by online extremists. The guide provides information to help them identify the issue of online radicalisation and gives suggestions on how to support their children with the threat of online extremism.

Radicalisation info for parents

E-safety Factsheet for Parents
This factsheet gives parents a general overview of e-safety. Schools can email it to parents, hand it out at parents evening or incorporate it into your newsletter to help raise awareness of e-safety issues for children and how these affect parents. It gives parents an overview of the positive and negative aspects of the Internet, some key statistics, tips and useful links.

E-Safety Factsheet

CSE – Checklist for Parents
Child sexual exploitation is when a child or young person is in an exploitative situation and receives gifts or other items as a result on performing sexual activities to the abuser. It can also occur through technology when a child

CSE – Checklist for Parents

SAMPLED_1600834_930__notbigger__   Online Apps, website and services are changing every day, as a parent it can be hard    SAMPLED_1600836_930__notbigger__    to keep up with what your child is doing or how best to support them. To make supporting our parents easier below are a set of guides you can follow to help you advice your child on making themselves safe online.

Facebook

Top tips on using Facebook

 

 

Apple Devices

 Top tips on using a IPhone

Top tips on using a IPad

Top tips on using a IPod

Instagram

Top tips on using Instagram

 

 

Games Consoles

Top tips on Xbox use

Top tips on PlayStation use

Top tips on Nintendo use

Blackberry

Top tips on using a Blackberry Phone

 YouTube

Tops tips on using YouTube

CEOP (child exploitation online police) & Parent Zone have recently partnered up to create a website called ‘Parent Info’ an online service providing expert information to help children stay safe online. North have signed up to this site as a member. But this site contains lots of useful information for parents including Online Text Speak to English.

CEOP

Parent Info.org

How do I secure my child’s devices?

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online. This website provides parents with step by step instructions on how to setup parental controls, on anything from broadband to mobile devices.

Internet Matters

What do I do if my child gets in trouble online?

Being a parent or carer of a child who gets in trouble online can be difficult if you don’t fully understand what your child has done wrong. This document by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation helps parents when children get into difficult situations online.

Online Trouble

Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

Below are a number of NHS approved site which have some great apps for helping with students with their mental health and wellbeing to signpost digital tools to help manage and improve students health.

Cove


Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app.

Chill Panda


Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda.

BlueIce


BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.

SilverCloud


SilverCloud is an online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Stress & Anxiety Companion


Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go.

ieso


Ieso is an online course using instant messaging for people with mental health problems.

Catch It


Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It.

FearFighter


FearFighter is an online course for people who struggle with phobias, panic or anxiety.

Calm Harm


Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Rally Round


Rally Round is a free and secure online tool that allows parents, other family members, friends and carers to organise support for a child with an illness or challenging behaviour.


Useful links to other agencies for help/support