E-Safety & Safeguarding
Here you can find the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly, as well as a range of practical resources, news and events focusing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
A copy of the Academy’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for students is also available to download on our policy page.
During the Coronavirus restrictions your child may be spending more time online.
For up to date advice and information please follow this link, which will give information and further links to topics such as;
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Cyber bullying
- Age appropriate content and parental controls
- Apps to help keep children safe online
- Support links for children
Whisper is an anonymous reporting tool that enables individuals to anonymously report online issues or concerns. The anonymous report is sent to the academy for appropriate action to be taken.
The service is an open reporting route for any concerns that a whole school community might have, but in particular issues that affect the safety and well-being of children, young people and staff. It can be used by students, pupils, parents, local community or staff; or indeed anyone who needs to report an issue to the school anonymously.
Click on the link below to report an issue.
You can also report an issue via SMS by texting CAR2 + your message to 078600 21584
The system does not collect any online information from you. You can choose to leave your name and contact details only if you want to.
Any safeguarding concerns that fall out of school hours should be discussed in the first instance with the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 8090. They are open 8:30 till 5PM Monday - Thursday and 8:30 to 4:30PM on Friday. In an emergency outside of these hours contact emergency duty team on 0300 456 4546.
Report Online Abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking.
Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button above.
If you are still worried about a child...
If you are still worried about a child, or the behaviour of an adult towards a child, please remember your local children's social care services are always available to help. You can find their contact number on the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board's website or click on the link for a complete list of all the Safeguarding Adults Boards.
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If you think it is an emergency always dial 999.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are very popular with children, even those as young as 8 or 9. The Social Networking leaflet below offers advice for parents to help them support their children in choosing an appropriate site and using it in a safe and constructive way.
Facebook – A Parents’ Guide
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook is designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. The guidebook is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.
The Facebook checklist is aimed at young people over the age of 13 who use Facebook. The resource contains practical information around privacy settings as well as guidance about what friends are on Facebook, how young people should consider the information and images they choose to share and where to look for help and advice. Click for more information here
Twitter – A Parents’ Guide
A Parents’ Guide to Twitter is an introduction to Twitter and is designed to help you understand how to use it safely. Twitter is an online social networking service and Microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters known as tweets.
Most of the communication taking place on Twitter is pubic and viewable by everyone. Since the information posted is public, some of this data may be available or re-published on other websites. Click on Twitter’s Safety page for more information.
YouTube is a video-sharing website, on which users can upload, view and share videos. A Parents’ Guide to YouTube is an introduction to help you understand the site. YouTube display a wide variety of video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content, short original videos, and educational videos.
YouTube is full of educational videos, but there is often a minefield of age-inappropriate content to navigate.
Online gaming is hugely popular with children and young people. This leaflet provides an introduction to online gaming and advice for parents specifically related to online gaming.
The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established in 2003 to help parents make informed decisions when buying video games. Increasingly games are being played online against many players at a time and often across many country borders. So PEGI Online was devised to give parents greater peace of mind when their children play multiplayer games in the online arena.
Advice and information for parents
- The NSPCC has information and advice about sexting available on its website: NSPCC Sexting
- The NSPCC adults helpline: 0808 800 5002 The NSPCC has partnered with O2 to offer direct support to parents and other adults on issues relating to online safety.
- The National Crime Agency/CEOP has produced a film resource for parents and carers to help them prevent their children coming to harm through sharing sexual imagery: THINKUKNOW Nude-selfies-a-parents-guide
- Childnet have information and advice about sexting available on its website: http://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary/hot-topics/sexting
- Parent Info (http://parentinfo.org/) provides information and advice to parents from expert organisations on topics ranging from sex and relationships, mental health and online safety including sexting.
Resources parents could highlight to their children
- There is information on the ChildLine website for young people about sexting:
Childline information for young people
- The Safer Internet Centre has produced resources called ‘Childnet So you got naked online which helps young people to handle incidents of sexting. Also available as a download SYGNO below.
If you are concerned about your child sharing inappropriate or explicit pictures of themselves and others, please download the Parent's Guide to Dealing with 'Sexting'. A CEOP video on Sexting can be found at this YouTube link. To download a letter on Sexting from the Nottinghamshire police please download the file at the bottom of the page.
For more information about internet safety, and safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies visit the websites below:
UK Safer Internet Centre
Gives the latest advice and a range of practical resources on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. www.saferinternet.org.uk
Run by CEOP (the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre) this has a range of advice for children and young people of different ages. www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The CEOP centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means they are part of UK policing and about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces www.ceop.police.uk
Run by Childnet International. Outlining the potential risks of interactive services online and advice on how to use these services safely www.childnet.com
Digital Parenting is a publication by the Vodafone Foundation, which aims to provide parents with useful information to help them understand the latest technology, parental control and features available to help keep youngsters safe online, There is a wealth of information including setting parental controls, recommended apps, cyber bullying and guidance in relation to online activities and their impact. It is available online at http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
Visit Ofcom’s ParentPort website for more details about how to protect your children in a digital world. www.ParentPort.org.uk
Please click to download one of the parent guides below.