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Staying Safe

As a school community, our greatest priority is keeping our children safe.   Detailed information about safeguarding responsibilities and procedures can be found on our policies page and is summarised in our guide to safeguarding is available here.

In order to achieve the very best possible outcomes for themselves and so that they can form and sustain healthy relationships and contribute to society at large, they need to be able to thrive and grow unimpeded by anything or anyone that might cause them harm.

As they grow from babies to toddlers, through childhood and into adolescence, children become more and more independent and need to develop the skills to identify and evaluate risk as well as how to deal with the unexpected.  They cannot do this without the help and support of the adults in their lives.  

The NSPCC website provides a range of useful information about helping children to stay safe in a variety of different contexts, from stranger danger to substance abuse.  Their video below, Pantosarus, can be used as a talking point with children to help them understand about boundaries and about how to keep themselves safe.

Staying Safe Online

IT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information.  Although this presents the latest and future generations of children with a raft of opportunities and possibilities; as adults, we have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are kept safe from harm and develop the necessary skills to keep themselves safe in the digital world.  

This is particularly the case if children are playing games where they can interact with other users, be it through a phone, tablet, computer or other gaming device.  Children should not have use of social media (such as WhatApp, Facebook or Instagram), all of which have a minimum age requirement of 13 or above. 

Additionally, some games (be they on gaming devices, such as XBox, or those played directly on the internet) that are intended for use by children do allow an element of interaction.  In these games, children can talk to other users by typing on screen or through the use of a headset.  Clearly these other users should and may well be children of a similar age, but it is equally possible that young people or adults may be posing as children and may use the game for inappropriate contact with, or even to groom, vulnerable children.

More information can be found in the resources section or by following the links or in the videos to the right.

Be SMART Online!

The UK Safer Internet Centre has devised these rules to help children stay safe online:

SAFE

Keep your personal information safe

MEET

Friends made online are strangers; meeting them can be dangerous

ACCEPTING

Accepting files can be dangerous. If unsure, ask an adult!

RELIABLE

Not everyone or everything online is reliable or trustworthy

TELL

Always tell an adult if something online upsets or worries you

In addition, the children at High Beeches have added the following:

  • Always tell an adult when something seems wrong or something upsets you. You will not be told off for reporting these things…
  • Don’t look at websites/games that are for children older than you or are inappropriate
  • Be kind to others online
  • Only post positive comments
  • Always log out properly
  • Don’t talk to people you don’t know
  • Enjoy using the Internet Safely!