Keeping Children Safe
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The school safeguarding team consists of Mrs Whalley (lead for safeguarding), Mrs Parker (deputy), Mrs Norman and Mr Moore. Parents may also approach any class teacher with a concern at anytime.
The following sites provide help and advice for parents and carers:
Devon & Torbay Safeguarding Children Boards
A site to help inform parents about abuse and how to help prevent it.
Help keep your child safe – join thousands of parents talking PANTS
Practical advice for parents and carers to help safeguard their children.
Information not just for children but for adults and families. It has links to advice and help for all issues eg domestic violence, alcohol and drugs, mental health, missing persons etc.
Internet safety advice and useful links;
Advice and to report a problem regarding sexual exploitation online
Comprehensive safety advice for both children and parents
Advice about helping children stay safe on social networks with a whole section on different sites – remember, social networking doesn’t just mean things like Facebook, it can also be part of what children do on sites like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters and Minecraft
This site has some good “explainers” and “how-tos”
Check how appropriate and/or good particular websites, games and apps are
Good basic tips and advice on cyberbullying
Sites for Children;
CBBC Stay Safe
ThinkUKnow (age 5-7) KS1
ThinkUknow (age 8-10) KS2
NSPCC safeguarding video for parents to help keep children safe from Youth produced sexual imagary.
Sexting - NSPCC advice on how to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them.
"Don't Panic" - Real world advice and help - Own It - BBC
Sometimes we come across a word which we don't understand and still somehow fit it in to the sentence we are reading. At Exminster, we are working hard on getting children to speak up and say when they are unsure of words and what they mean. Hearing that you do not understand a word can give the children confidence to do this at home. You could look the word up together. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ Simply type in a word and away you go!
Today, year 6 invited Mrs Whalley in for an interview, we asked her questions like: How many years have you been teaching and What did you do before teaching? She said that her favourite rainbow value is community and e she showed us a plan of one of her days as a head teacher.
This week in Year 6 we have been doing NATs and PATs. PAT stands for possitive automatic thoughts which helps ward away Nats. NATs stands for negative automatic thoughts. Whenever you are being challenged, the NATs can appear and make you think that you cannot achieve whatever you are doing. PATs come and help you get rid of NATs and make you feel more possative in your learning. We are using our PATs on a regular basis and they are helping.
If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals you can check instantly by using the Citizen Portal on the Devon County Council website. The portal can be accessed here: https://oneonline.devon.gov.uk/CCSCitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fCCSCitizenPortal_live
Online Safety Tips for Parents & Carers
We have teamed-up with the SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning) and UKSIC (UK Safer Internet Centre) for some basic eSafety advice.
Keep It Nice
Remind your children that being kind online is up to everyone. If they do see something upsetting or abusive online, they should block and report it, and talk to you or another trusted adult about it.
Do look out for the PEGI age ratings on the games your children want to play – they work in a similar way to age ratings for films and should be respected. Games also have PEGI labels – visual icons to indicate if the game contains violence, scary content and so on.
We all love sharing photos of days out, picnics or holidays by the pool. However it is worth thinking how you share these photos and with whom. Consider who you want to share what with and manage your lists of contacts. For example you can create a ‘close friends and family’ list of your Facebook contacts and share some pictures with a limited group of people, rather than everyone on your list of contacts – including colleagues, or mere acquaintances.
Sometimes it can be really difficult to actually figure out the cost of a phone or tablet but even the most basic of smartphone can actually cost a small fortune. The cost is sometimes hidden behind a monthly contract and it's not until the phone is dropped on its screen or someone loses it that you suddenly find out just how much these phones and tablets really cost. Do check the insurance policy on your child’s phone and consider whether it is worth having one or not.
Lost and Found
Take a look at your child’s mobile phone and tablet. Most now come with an app that can allow you to locate it if your child misplaces them. However, as good as these apps are, they are not pin point accurate. They can give an indication of where the device last connected but that doesn't mean it is still there and the accuracy varies greatly between each device and each application.
One of the most important things these apps do though is give you the ability to lock the device and remotely wipe its data. You may have lost the phone but at least no one is looking through your photos, contacts or bank details.
ICE stands for In Case (of) Emergency. You create a contact in your child's phone called ICE and have the number as someone who an emergency service worker - doctor, first aider, etc - can contact. Should your child become ill or injured blue light services are trained to look for an ICE contact if they find a mobile phone.
In App Purchases
Now is a great time to check your parental settings both on your phone and your child’s devices.. You can set a block on your child’s phone to prevent them from downloading any apps which have in app purchases.
It's Good To Talk
Parents are often reluctant to talk to their children about technology, because they feel that their children know more than they do. And that may well be true! However, although they may know how to use apps, tablets, consoles and other high tech gadgets what they often lack is life experience and the ability to think about their actions and consequences. So, most importantly this summer, talk to your children about what they enjoy doing online, get involved in what they are doing, play games with them, ask them what that funny- looking app is on their screen so you understand what they are using. You don't have to be a computer genius to impart practical safety advice.
We hope these tips are helpful and offer some practical advice. Enjoy a safe digital summer!
E-safety is an important part of the curriculum. This is how it is taught throughout the school. If you have any questions then please speak to your child's teacher.
Children use Fire HD Kids Edition tablets which allow them to access educational games and activities. These are closely monitored and the tablet is ‘locked down’ so that the children are only able to access the activities that the teachers have set.
|Year 1||The children will learn how to use digital video camera safely and to show respect to those they are filming. When searching for images on the web, children will work from a set of carefully chosen websites. The children are taught to turn the screen off and let their teacher know if they have any concerns over content that they have encountered. The children will learn how to use an audio recorder or microphone software safely and sensibly. If children share their work then attention is paid to protecting their identity and copyright.|
|Year 2||The children will discuss about games that they may play and how they can choose games wisely and play in moderation. The children will use the Scratch website and children will be encouraged to report anything which they find hurtful or inappropriate. The children will learn that once images are posted online, it’s impossible to control what happens to them. The children will consider how to stay safe while researching online and show respect for others ideas. Safe search filters are in place and school Internet access is filtered. The children will learn about some of the risks associated with email. They will learn that attached files can contain viruses or other harmful programs that email addresses and embedded links can be ‘spoofed’. They will also discuss the importance of keeping personal information private.|
Safe Online Level 1 will be introduced through Google Classroom.
The children will create their own profile. They will be given examples of what is safe to include and what information should be left out.
They will have the opportunity to choose a name that is not their real name and a password that is easy to remember.
The children will be encouraged to find an image that represents their hobbies and interests rather than a picture of themselves. They will also discuss the importance of keeping personal information private.
Safe Online Level 1 will be completed using Google Classroom.
The children will write a blog. They will be shown how to demonstrate what is safe to include and what is inappropriate.
The children will discuss why making friends online is different to making friends face to face. The children will discuss which social networks are used and what information is safe to share online.
Safe Online Level 2 using Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment.
Class discussion- What is a personal profile?
The children will research information and put it into their own words.
The children will think about different forms of media and how they can be produced. For example, blog, videos, presentation posters, animation etc.
The children will work in groups to create their media using their research and planning.
The children will participate in an online discussion of how to stay safe when using the Internet.
Safe Online Level 2 using Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment.
The children will learn about the channels for reporting hurtful or inappropriate comments.
They will discuss who they should tell, what rules you should follow and where you can find the report button on websites.
The children will learn about how digital footprints are created and the risks that are associated with this.
We would encourage all parents and carers to visit The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre at www.ceop.police.uk who are an organisation that works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and professionals.
Their website is packed with advice, help or the facility to report activity for parents and children from 5 to 17 years old. Keeping our children safe on the internet is extremely important and through their work using cartoons, activities and providing advice together we can all make a difference.
Here is a link to NSPCC wesbite which gives great advice on how to keep children safe online.