Staying Safe

As a school we are committed to safeguarding, promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Our expectation is that all staff and volunteers share in this commitment.  A copy of our Safeguarding policy can be found using the link below or a hard copy is available on request:

Safeguarding Pupils (includes Child Protection policy) 

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 Find out more about 'fake' news including the 'Blue Whale' hoax.

Snapchat:  SnapChat has launched a new feature, SnapMaps, which allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe

13 Reasons Why: a Netlix series aimed at older teenagers based on a book by Jay Asher.  The series concerns a student who takes her own life and has left 13 cassette tapes explaining the reasons why she killed herself.  The series includes an explicit portrayal of the character's death and sexual assault.  It has an 18 rating. 

Zippit - a free app available through childline to help young people respond to requests for naked images by sending back a 'joke' image.

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Monkey -- have fun chats App:  
This app randomly connects teens with other Snapchat users for a 10-second video chat. They can add more time or add the person on Snapchat to continue the connection. Before connecting, teens will see the age and gender of the potential friend, and they can accept the video chat or not. The terms of service allow users ages 13 and older, but there's no verification of age. Personal information is collected and can be shared with third parties.  

Because 10 seconds probably isn't long enough for teens to get to know someone well enough to invite them into a social network, this video-chat tool is best for older teens only. Young people have to be cautious of the information they share and realize that the person on the other end of the video is a stranger. Since the app is connected to Snapchat, there never seems to be a shortage of teens eager to chat but the mix of older and younger teens can create problems. As with so many social-networking tools, a teen's experience will depend a lot on other users' behaviour and it's important to note that some users report abuse and requests for baring body parts.

INFORMATION TO HELP YOU:

Below are some links to organisations and articles which may be helpful to you if you have any concerns about your child either in school or at home. 

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 Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre -- CEOP for short -- is a UK police agency with a difference. It has the teeth of any other police force and works to track offenders wherever they may be. 

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THINKUKNOW - A CEOP site with current information about the hazards of modern technology and how to stay safe.

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 ParentINFO - Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and The Parent Zone. It provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience.

This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’

In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.

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NSPCC - Online safety:  Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online

HOW TO GUIDES
It can be difficult to keep up-to-date with the technology that children use. You can find out much more information and support about digital technologies by using the Parent How to Guides

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A guide for parents on sexting 

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The 6 most important apps that every parent should know about.

download6 short films designed to help parents help their children stay safe online 

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A website providing information and resources for trans people and their families.

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A charity for improving the well-being and mental health of young people, including support & resources for families.

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Help and advice on a wide range of issues 

Coping with Self Harm
A guide for parents and carers who have discovered a young person's self harm. 

 

If you would like more information or you have any other other concerns you would like to discuss, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss Keli Hampstead on khampstead@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk.