In an age of ever-changing technology, apps and ways in which we communicate, it is essential that we keep young people safe and ensure they behave responsibly when using such tools. The sites and services that your child likes to use may change regularly, but the messages they need to keep themselves safe will remain the same – think before you post, be kind online and ask for help if something makes you feel worried, upset or uncomfortable.
The following information is a general guideline which we encourage our parents and carers to follow. These are basic yet essential in ensuring that we are collectively responsible for safeguarding young people in cyber spaces.
Take an active interest in your child’s online life and talk with them about how they use technology.
Discuss with them how they will keep themselves safe and make sure they know:
Make sure that you understand how the app works so you can decide if you are happy for your child to use it. You may even wish to set up an account yourself first. Consider:
If you are worried that your child is at risk of harm or criminal offence has been committed then you can report your concerns to the Police or Children’s Social Care. Please do not notify suspicious profiles of your actions, as this could enable them to delete material which might be required for any Police investigations. You can contact the Police via 101 or via 999 if there is an immediate risk to a child’s safety. You can also use the website https://www.met.police.uk/report/how-to-report-a-crime
Additional advice can be found at https://safe.met.police.uk/internet_safety/been_a_victim_and_need_some_help.html
You can also contact Harrow Children’s Social Services on 0208 901 2690. You can also report online sexual abuse to CEOP by visiting www.ceop.police.uk and using the “Click CEOP” reporting button.
If you have any concerns regarding online safety or questions about how you can keep your child safer online then please contact Saqib Ahmed from the Safeguarding Team to discuss any queries. Or email the school office at SchoolOffice@bentleywood.harrow.sch.uk