KEEPING SAFE ONLINE
PCHS&C are continuing to ask parents to provide appropriate supervision whilst their children are online, including using text messaging, snap chat, Instagram etc.
Our school currently has access to excellent online Parent e-Safety courses. Now, with the majority of pupils using the internet at home, this would be an excellent time for parents and carers to take the course to help their children stay safe online. Please click the following link to access the training: https://www.childprotectioncompany.com/CPC/L/B09AA13965 Login in simple, just click on the link and enter your name, child’s name and an email address.
As part of our whole school & college approach to online safety, this page brings together information for parents and carers to help them better understand the risks associated with using new technologies, including the internet and mobile phones, and what you can do to minimise these risks.
WHAT DO WE DO IN SCHOOL & COLLEGE?
All students are taught how to keep themselves safe on the internet through whole school assemblies, computing lessons and are regularly reminded through different areas of the curriculum. This includes thinking about the information they put online, how to keep their social networking profiles private and where to go if they have concerns. All students and their parents / carers sign an acceptable use policy for using computers within school & college. Access to the internet is filtered which means that unsafe and unsuitable material is blocked. We also have online safety monitoring software installed on the computers. This is specifically designed to identify inappropriate use of computers and to encourage their responsible use.
THE WHISPER BUTTON
The online safety and well-being of our pupils is something that our school tries hard to ensure and we continue to work hard to provide ways to help you tell us if you or your children have any problems or worries which the school needs to know about, such as bullying.
Reporting issues is a good way to help us deal with issues before they escalate and that goes a long way in helping us create the safe environment for your child. We also understand that sometimes, coming into school to tell us about these issues can’t always be an easy thing to do. Sometimes it can be a subject that you need to bring to our attention without wanting to identify yourself, but that you feel we need to know, particularly if it involves a child’s well-being.
That’s why we have added a Whisper button on our school website, an anonymous reporting service for pupils and families that allows you to send a message to a confidential email account where it will be received and dealt with appropriately. The whisper button can be found at the bottom right hand corner of our website and looks like this:
At Pendle Community High School & College, we always remember the five SMART rules when using the internet and mobile phones
Setting up parental controls and individual safety settings on your child’s favourite app or game, is one of the ways you can help to keep them safe and stop unwanted contact from people they don’t know.Want to know where to start? Here’s a guide to the different ways that you can set up parental controls to help keep your child safe online.
CEOP are a multi-agency organisation who work in partnership to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation. Check out their website at http://www.ceop.gov.uk
Overview of Online Safeguarding from Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board.
Net Aware: your guide to social networks to the social networks that your child uses (complete with search tool)
Internet Matters.org offers information on hot topics such as cyberbullying, online grooming, inappropriate content and online reputation broken down in to three logical steps: Learn About It, Talk About It and Deal With It. Other resources that they offer are:
The Fostering Network, in collaboration with Internet Matters and the University of East Anglia has created a free to access course to give carers a better understanding of online risks, and the confidence to support children and young people’s recovery online. The course is suitable for carers of children of any age, as we look at practical strategies to help you build digital resilience into your day-to-day practice with younger children to through to teenagers. The course is available online as both trainer-led and on-demand. For further information go to: https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/fostering-digital-skills-for-life
‘The Power of Social Media and Effects on Children Teach-Out’ has been created for parents, teachers, teenagers and anyone interested in learning. On this course, learners will explore the positive and negative impacts of social media for young people, learn methods and tips for protecting personal information and navigating digital spaces appropriately and safely.https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/power-of-social-media-effects-on-children-teach-out
Connecting safely online. To help support parents, carers, and young people with additional learning needs, we have created this hub to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social platforms.www.internetmatters.org
Internet Matters offers contact information for where to report a problem, where to go for advice and parent forums.
Family Lives have a section on keeping teenagers safe online.
Childnet International have a section on their website for Parents and Carers.
Pendle Community High School & College
Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8LF
Tel: 01282 682260
Headteacher: Debra Grogan
Chair of Governors: Trevor Ashton (Address c/o above)
Receptionist: Samantha Gray (M,T,W)
Alison Boothman (T,F)
CONNECT WITH US
Paper copies of the information on our website can be requested via email.