Here at Dalestorth the main priority for us is to keep your children safe and happy. Doing that means we have to have a number of Safety procedures in place day to day, you can see some of these procedures and policies below:
Important information about Snapchat
Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users' locations amid fears it could be used for stalking.
Parents have been warned to turn off "Snap Maps" on their children's phones after Snapchat, which is wildly popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode this week.
The feature displays a map of nearby friends, showing their latest location gathered using a smartphone's GPS sensor. Users of the app can also search for locations such as individual houses, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students.
Obviously this may cause concern for certain users, particularly those who have young children who use the app.
To change the settings, pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn't, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.
In addition we have policies in place to keep children safe from other dangers such as those below and how to tackle these in the right way if we come across them...
Neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse
Bullying, including online bullying (by text message, on social networking sites, etc) and prejudice based bullying.
Racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse.
Gender based violence/violence against women and girls
Extremist behaviour and/or radicalisation.
Child sexual exploitation and trafficking
The impact of new technologies, including ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
Teenage relationship abuse
Issues which may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence.
Particular issues affecting children including domestic violence, female genital mutilation and honour based violence and forced marriage.
Below is our Whole School Policy For Child Protection To Safeguard And Promote The Welfare Of Children.
Not only is this an incredibly important policy in school, it also has some really useful information and further contacts/support for you as parents so please read and refer to it.
The policy sits alongside a number of other Statutory Guidance or procedures that we have to implement including the ones listed below:
Keeping children safe in Education
Working Together to Safeguard Children
What to do if you think a child is being abused
FGM – Government Guidance
Prevent Duty – DFE Guidance
Child Sex Exploitation – what to do if you think a child is being sexually exploited
Youth Produced Sexual Imagery (Sexting) – see UKKCCIS Sexting in Schools Guidance 2016
Children Missing in Education
At Dalestorth we believe that use of the internet is an essential part of children’s learning and our teaching. Within school we take positive steps to deal with risks. Our internet provider operates a filtering system that restricts inappropriate material and if your child uses the internet it is under supervision.
At Dalestorth we take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too.
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere too. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use.
The best way to protect your children online is to be informed yourself and make it part of your day to day life. We spend years training our children to cross the road and stay away from strangers in the outside world in all the daily little messages we give them before we ever let them out there on their own. Training them to be safe online should be an equal part of these safety messages, after all they can be out in the ‘world wide web’ from a very young age, unsupervised at times. Use the websites below to help you find the best ways to talk to your children about keeping safe online.
Here are links to some useful websites where you can learn more about being safe on the Internet.