Technology is now a vital and exciting part of our working and social lives. At Thomas Aveling, our students and staff use technology in many forms to support learning and teaching. The school systems are managed to protect staff and students from any risk.
Internet use in school is filtered and monitored and there are restrictions in the use of devices that have direct access to the internet in lesson time.
KEY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
In Year 7 all students study a Unit on E-Safety in ICT and complete the Online Safety Alliance Certificate.
Yearly whole school assemblies make clear to students that we will always contact parents/carers, social services, and the Police if students are found to have sent, possess or shared inappropriate images of themselves or other children under 18, even if they prove to be Googled images and the student is over 18 themselves.
KEY TIPS FOR BEING SAFE
Only email people that you know (why not set up an address book?)
Never open an email sent by someone you do not know, even if it has familiar phrases or offers you something.
Never send or tell other people your passwords.
When using direct messaging, websites etc. be careful and know how to block and report unwanted users.
Never use your real name when using games or websites on the internet, (create a nick name)
Never give out any personal information about yourself, friends or family online including home address, phone, or mobile number
Never email your school name or a picture in school uniform (even to a friend)
Never arrange to meet anyone on the internet unless you know them in real life.
Only use a webcam with people you know and remember those images can be sent anywhere.
Tell an adult that you trust immediately if you find anything that you are unhappy or uncomfortable with.
Be aware comments you or your children make on Social Network, Blogs and Wikis and images that you send can be viewed by others. (Applies to X-Box, PlayStation etc)
We all need to be aware of issues regarding children’s e-safety; their safety on the internet, on social messaging sites and when texting using mobile phones. To help you to support this work at home, you can visit the following sites as parents/carers, and/or with your children, to give you more information and support in dealing with issues around e-safety.
Important Organisations and Reporting
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides, and useful links to support organisations.
Thinkuknow is a site in which the information is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Here you can find the latest information on the sites young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what is good, what is not and what you can do about it. There are resources for parents and teachers and, most importantly, a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION COMMAND (CEOP)
Reporting abuse www.ceop.police.uk
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and the “e” world. CEOP was set up in April 2006 and has received over 50,000 reports of abuse to date. A key focus of CEOP is the Think U Know website and education strategy to teach young people, teachers, and parents/carers about e-Safety and the “Report Abuse” button to report online abuse or suspicious behaviour, that can be used by adults (parents/carers, professionals etc) and young people. There is also a suite of resources to support children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) including children with mild to severe learning difficulties, are blind or have a hearing impairment.
Internet matters is a non-profit organisation which gives parents key information about how to keep their children safe online. Online issues such as Cyberbullying, Online Reputation, Sexting and many more are covered in detail.
The site also provides parents with age restrictions, setting controls and guides to a variety of apps.
TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
Whilst students are provided with support through their Form Tutors and Pastoral teams, Medway Children Services have provided advice on ways of managing your time and stress levels. Alongside this, we have collated some helpful apps which will advise and help you to look after your health and your well-being. Whatever works for you – some of you may have your own routines or apps you have on your phone. This is not an exhaustive list, but these have worked for other students in the past.
USEFUL STRATEGIES TO RELAX
· Listening to music – Sing!
· Watching a good film and laughing out loud!
· Box sets!
· Board games
· Keeping a diary
· Eating healthily and exercise outdoors where possible
· Mindfulness breathing every day for 10 minutes: “Breathe in for 7 and out for 11”
· Follow a guided meditation on line to help relax
· Gym work out / Yoga (See Below For Free Yoga Exercises)
· Study hard, help others and rest!
USEFUL WEBSITES WITH RESOURCES AND APPS TO DOWNLOAD
KEY CONTACTS APART FROM EMAILING TEACHERS/SUPPORT STAFF OR THE HELPLINE
Beat eating disorders: 08088010711
Childline: 0800 1111
Citizens Advice Bureau 01634 888182
Cruse Bereavement (RD4U) 01622 671011
MIND (Mental wellbeing charity) 0845 7660163
Kidscape (Personal Safety) 020 7730 3300
Medway Council (Social Services) 01634 306000
Medway Hospital 01634 830000
NHS Direct 111
Young Carers 01634 577340
Young Minds 08088025544