While we are closed during this unprecedented period, extra precautions are advised in order to keep your child safe.
Most children are spending more time than usual online, both for learning and for leisure. At school they have been taught the SMART rules and you may like to remind them:
SAFE - Keep safe by not giving out your personal information
MEETING - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous.
ACCEPTING - Accepting emails or messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they can contain viruses or nasty messages
RELIABLE - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are
TELL - Tell a trusted adult is someone or something on the internet makes you feel uncomfortable
Parents or children can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk where you can also find some of the learning resources we use at school and more information for parents on keeping children safe online.
Here is a specific guide to keeping safe on WhatsApp.
Our Internet Safety Policy, which contains the Acceptable User Agreement which we explain to children every year, is attached to this page.
If you are concerned about a child's safety
If you are concerned about a child's safety at home while the school is closed, please contact Mrs Fairhurst, the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can contact the Oxfordshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 050766.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Mental Health Issues
Childline offers both online support and a telephone helpline for children who are suffering from mental health difficulties.
Here is an an article with advice for parents in helping their children cope with anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown. The article is divided into these sections:
- Model calmness, even if you have to fake it
- Establish a flexible routine
- Be honest, but don't tell them more than they need
- Screen time has its ups and downs
- Outdoor time is the antidote to screens