If something or someone has made you feel uncomfortable online, click the blue button to report it.
We take the safety of our children and staff very seriously at Rocks Park. Online safety is no exception.
Any safeguarding concerns should be addressed to Headteacher Andy Best - email@example.com or to Chair of Governors, Paul Ireland - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find our Online Safety policy, Keeping Children safe in education policy and online safety rules below.
Please look at the Online Safety page for help and advice.
Rocks Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We ensure that all staff, governors and volunteers are aware of these expectations from the moment they start working with us. They are all regularly trained and kept up to date with new safeguarding updates.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed on the policies section of our website.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Andy Best (Headteacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Charlotte Roberts (Deputy Headteacher) and Tracie Light (SENCO)
The Safeguarding Governor in our school is Holly Tonge.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Our Staff and Governors are trained to deal with Prevent, as part of regular Safeguarding training and updates.
https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/children-families/worried-about-a-child - if you are worried about a child please use follow links.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/ - NSPCC is a great resource to help inform and prevent child abuse
https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection-schools - An overview from the NSPCC about why safeguarding is schools is so important.
Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families. In the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, it has been recognised that children who experience Domestic Abuse within the home are also considered to be victims.
A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Rocks Park Primary School our Key Adult is our safeguarding lead, Andy Best. He will be able to use information that has been shared with him, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by a child and / or their family. Please click on the link to go to their website, which has more information on the initiative.
Keeping children safe online:
Children today live in a digital world. The development of digital technology and the Internet has revolutionised how children (and adults) live their lives. Used appropriately this technology improves and enhances their lives in many ways. It also, however, presents opportunities for unacceptable behaviour and criminality among a small minority of people. We incoporate Online Safety into a range of areas of our curriculum, these include PSHE, Computing, Drama, English and Topic (included when researching about different History/Georgraphy themes).
The continuing development of ‘Smartphones’ and mobile Internet devices means that children can be ‘online’ at all times, which further highlights the need for children, young people and parents to be aware of the dangers and how best to stay safe while enjoying the benefits of digital technology.
Please see the resources below, for further information and support:
Information / Support:
http://www.internetmatters.org – great website for parents and has step by step guides of how to put on parental controls on range of devices.
https://www.taminggaming.com/ - this a wonderful website that features reviews of games, pitfalls and alternative games for specific age groups.
UK Safer Internet Centre – Advice and resources linked to encouraging safer internet usage.
https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/online-fraud/ – Advice from Sussex Police about using the internet
http://ceop.police.uk - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command website
http://www.parentinfo.org – excellent for articles on current online safety topics.
Think You Know – Interactive advice and guidance for children and parents provided by the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
National Online Safety:
Safe and Healthy Online Habits - guide for parents on promoting safe and healthy online habits (Comic Relief Special)
Cyberbullying - Interesting guide about how to keep children safe and be aware of cyberbullying.
10 tips to keep children safe online - A really useful poster shwoing how to keep children safe online.
OFCOM Media Use report for 2022 - poster outlining key findings from OFCOM's 2022 Media use report .
TikTok Parents Guide - guide on what parents need to know about Tik Tok, including safety tips for parents.
You Tube Parents Guide - guide on what parents need to know about You Tube, including safety tips for parents.
You Tube Kids Parents Guide - guide on eight things parents need to know about You Tube Kids.
What's App Parents Guide - guide for parents on What's App including what dangers to look out for.
Facebook Parents Guide - guide for parents on Facebook including what dangers to look out for.
Telegram Parents Guide - guide for parents on Telegram including potential risks for children.
Spotting ads on Social Media Guide - guide for parents on what to look out on advertisements on Social Media, as there is an increasing amounts of scams on Social Media.
NSPCC website for adults - The main NSPCC website, which is full of lots of useful resources for parents.
NSPCC childline website - children friendly website with lots of games and resources aimed at their level.
NSPCC Keeping children Safe online webpage- Specific resources from NSPCC on keeping children safe online.
Useful handout for parents with additional resources - handout with lots of useful websites from NSPCC.
If you require any further information or advice then please speak to our Safeguarding Team: Mr Best, Mrs Roberts or Mrs Light.
This is the Rocks Park Safety Squad and their role in the school is to help promote the message of safeguarding to all the children. So far this school year they have promoted worry boxes.
Each class has a worry box to help our children share any worries or thoughts they might have but find it tricky to talk about. These are checked daily and acted on appropriately by the class teacher /teaching assistant.
The school has done a lot of work on what the term “trusted adult” means. We have had assemblies and our Safety Squad ran a poster competition to promote the need for children to feel comfortable talking to a “trusted adult”, whoever that might be at school or at home.
Safer Internet Day 7th February 2023
On Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre is inviting everyone to play their part in making the internet a better place.
Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the safe, responsible and positive use of technology, and to pledge how you will help to create a kinder and better online community.
How to report.
Being online and using the internet is just like being in the real world - but sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say nasty things to you which upset you, or you may see something that you don’t like. If this happens, you must remember that it’s not your fault.
• ALWAYS tell a trusted adult straight away if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online.
• Remember to SAVE ANY MESSAGES that have upset you so you can show them to who you tell - they will be able to help, and they will be able to give you good advice about what else you can do. Never worry about getting in trouble - you aren’t the one who has done anything wrong.
• CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be suggestive chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.
You can report it to us http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ or just click the blue button at the top of the page.
If you allow your children to use your iPhone or they already have their own one, you can customise the settings, so that your children don’t see adult content. There are multiple ways to set up a child protection. One of them is Google SafeSearch, which filters the search results of the search engine. All other options for child protection are linked at the bottom of this article.
Even at Primary School, online sexual harassment is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. In response to this, the Children’s Commission have released a really useful guide for parents to support them with conversations that can be had at home around this subject. Please do not think this won’t happen to your children because they are too young to go through this yet. In society today young children are dealing with issues far earlier than ever before. Here is the website link: