Keeping Your Child Safe
At Stanbridge we believe keeping children safe and teaching children about this is essential.We need to ensure children become knowledgeable users of technology and that they learn how to manage the risks and keep safe when working online and when operating as responsible citizens in the community. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe. If you are worried that a child may be being abused please report this to Miss Godwin who is the Designated Person for Child Protection at Stanbridge . The Governor responsible for child protection and safeguarding is Mrs Veronica Clarke who can be contacted via the school office.
If you think a child you know is being harmed or at risk of being harmed, please contact the Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585, who you can talk to about your concerns, and they will give you advice or may investigate the circumstances. All calls are treated in confidence and you need not give your details.
Everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.
Some children can be at risk of neglect, emotional harm, including bullying, physical abuse and sexual abuse in any environment and can include close family members as well as strangers.
Radicalisation and Extremism Children, teenagers and adults can be drawn towards the process of radicalisation in a number of ways, many of which may overlap. When we talk about ‘vulnerability’ or ‘susceptibility’ within this context we mean individuals who, because of their circumstance, experiences or state of mind can be lead towards a terrorist ideology. The website Lets Talk About It explains this by looking at the vulnerabilities that children or adults may experience that could leave them open to radicalisation and extremism. Please go to www.ltai.info for further information.
Advice for Parents
Children need to know about the dangers faced whilst working or playing games online. They need to know how to protect their personal identifiable information and not share this with others online. Parents need to set controls to protect their children
TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE AND REPORT ANYTHING THAT MAKES THEM FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.
SET UP PARENTAL CONTROLS TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD ONLINE
If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.
Here are some useful links for parents.
Challenges and hoaxes
- online safety alerts: think before you scare provides information on why sharing warnings can be counterproductive
- the ‘digital ghost stories’ report looks at the impact and risks of hoaxes
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides advice for school on responding to online challenges
- Samaritans shares information about challenges relating to suicide and self-harm research into online suicide challenges
Supporting Children and Young People
- NSPCC: let children know you’re listening
- Childline for free and confidential advice
- What to do if you see worrying suicide and self-harm content online
- Talking safely about suicide online
Support for Parents and Carers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)_ support for parents and carers to keep children safe online – GOV.UK_file
- Thinkuknow: helping adults protect children from online harm
- Parent Info: help and advice for families in a digital world
- Internet Matters: helping parents keep their children safe online
- NSPCC: online safety
- London grid for learning (LGfL): online safety
- UK safer internet centre: Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
- Childnet international: parents and carers toolkit
- Parentzone: experts in digital family life
- LGfL: parents – scare or prepare
- Thinkuknow: what to do if there’s a viral scare online
How to set up Parent controls on an Playstation 4
How to set up Parent controls on an Xbox one
How to set up Parental controls on an Iphone
How to set up Parental controls on a Nintendo Switch
- Sexual Abuse Online Parents Guide